Jean and I are overwhelmed with gratitude as we reflect on Shelton and Scott’s Blessing of Marriage. Last May, we were trying to figure out how to celebrate their upcoming marriage. Should they hold it here at Covenant where Shelton grew up? Or, should they have it in California where they enjoy a close and supportive community? It was a difficult dilemma for Shelton and Scott, and for us as parents. We all had to sort through our hopes and dreams, and our expectations of one another. Fortunately, God gave precious wisdom to Jean and Shelton.
Why not have two celebrations? One in California and one in Huntsville? So we began planning the wedding and the blessing. In late October we celebrated with family, a few friends, and Shelton and Scott’s community in Pasadena. The wedding experience was more than we could have imagined, a very special memory of worship and fellowship.
And then, on to the blessing. First of all, we could not have pulled it off—both financially and logistically- without the help of so many people. One wedding requires a monumental effort. Two weddings (blessing) was more than we could have afforded or handled. Thank you to so many who helped plan and implement the reception, making food and drink, stocking tables, decorating, housing family and friends, hosting meals, and assisting in worship leadership. Thank you to all who joined us with your presence and/or your prayers.
In all honesty, the week prior to the blessing, the thought crossed our mind: did we make a mistake in doing this twice? We felt overwhelmed and we knew so many were working hard to help pull this off. We were struggling to received such gifts of time and effort, all offered in love.
Looking back, we know it was good and right to have had two celebrations. You have been a rich part of our lives. You have helped shape and mold our children in faith; you have mentored us in our marriage relationship. We hold you in highest esteem and now could not imagine not having enjoyed such a celebration as we had a few weeks ago. So many of you have confirmed our decision, telling us how much it meant to you. We wanted it to be a celebration of God’s love for all of us. Thank you for your support and encouragement. We trust and hope that God was glorified and that all were strengthened in fellowship and love.
Once again, we are reminded that we know and serve a great God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. To God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Hal and Jean
P.S. We are giving a special gift to Second Mile Development as a tangible expression of our gratitude for your help with the Blessing