I strive to be completely honest in all my communication with my readers, so – be forewarned.
What is it like to have your daughter get married?
It is wonderful and it is awful.
It is wonderful because she has found the one she loves – the one whom she desires to be her forever person – her protector, her friend, her spouse.
It is awful because, (I’m just being honest), it means you are old, you are not her ‘go to’ person any longer, oh, and, did I mention, YOU ARE OLD.
Even in this, God is growing and maturing you. Those of us who feel mature enough already, (thank you very much), may find this offensive, and even slightly painful, as we realize that we have been replaced.
Replaced by another who is our daughter’s ”go to” – our daughter’s protector, our daughter’ s new, number one confidant.
Who is this guy? How can he replace years of experience with my girl? Why am I supposed to just accept him on sight, just because she says she loves him –what does she know anyway?
Arguably, the most important part of any job is knowing when it is finished. As a writer, I could make revisions forever. There is always room for improvement with the words I put on a page. It could be never-ending, but at some point, I must come to a conclusion: It is finished. It is enough. This is what I wanted to communicate, and then, leave it be.
Here it is: She has chosen.
And I approve. Fletcher is her guy. This is for a lifetime. They will love, and fight, and struggle, and find their way together, just as those of us who are older know full well. They will begin their family, and love, and grow tired, and lean into the Lord, and pray for wisdom. They will ask for help, and my constant prayer from now until forever, is that they will find it.
They are young, and able, and strong, and smart, and they will find their way.
I have no doubts about this.
I am so thrilled to be a part of their story! What a miraculous and amazing thing it is to witness something that God is joining together – and to have an opportunity to speak into that miracle is such a profound privilege.
I bless the union of Fletcher and Emily – I ask that the Lord would guide them in all they do, and undertake, and I thank Him for the blessings that He has sent their way. I humbly ask that I might partner with Him in all they desire for their future, and that I would have wisdom from above, and I would not speak on my own, going forward. I seek to be a blessing to them in all they do.
God prepare me for this task – Amen.
To Fletcher & Emily – I salute you!
Happy Wedding ~February 1, 2020.