A Blessed Pastor and a new Father-in-law

Well, I am back from California and the wedding of our daughter, Rebekah, to Sean Adachi.  It was a beautiful occasion in so many ways, and you played a major part in helping it be beautiful for us.  First of all, so many of you have expressed your love and support to us in so many ways as we were preparing for this.  We had more offers of help than we could possibly take advantage of, and your prayers for us all while we were gone were felt and appreciated.

We were especially blessed by those who came to be an encouragement to our family by your presence.  John and Ginny Potter have been so close to our family for so long that it was a special blessing that they could come.  But imagine our surprise to have Bill and Judy Moser, Betsy Brock, Sandy Sheridan, and Darrin Frey all come as your representatives!  The love we felt was just amazing to us, and gave us a chance to brag on all of you to our California friends as well as our families who were there.

And then there were all the cards and gifts sent by so many to the bride and groom, and some of you sending us special notes and gifts just to say you care.   Seldom have we ever felt so loved and appreciated.  It was as overwhelming as it was  humbling. 

We were welcomed by friends there, and our family members who came, too.  Kathy had a week to spend with Rebekah and Sean during final preparations, and Christine arrived Wednesday evening.  But Nathan and I had to wait until Saturday to get there, so for me at least, it was a whirlwind right up to the ceremony.

Did I make it through?  Yes, the Lord gave me gladness manifested in smiles of joy without tears of joy–I was able to talk without choking up!  It was not a long ceremony, as the two of them had chosen a simple service to go along with a beautiful and simple outdoor setting.  The bride was beautiful, the groom handsome and smiling broadly, the wedding party including an absolutely gorgeous sister of the bride, and a mother of the bride looking radiantly beautiful and escorted down the aisle by her handsome son!  The reception was at the home of some of our oldest (not in age, but in duration) friends from Santa Clarita, and gave us a chance to rejoice, celebrate, catch up with many, and send the bride and groom on their way.

I’ll tell one story:  90 minutes before takeoff, we opened the boxes with the bouquets of lilies to find them–dead.  Dead lilies are not what you want to see the ladies carrying.  Kathy, Christine and I dashed to a nearby florist, which was closed, then to an Alberstons (a grocery store) with a floral department.  We asked the lady there for HELP!  Rebekah said if there were no lilies to go with deep red roses.  No lilies were present, so for the next 30 minutes the lady behind the counter created a bridal bouquet and two bridesmaid’s bouquets from red roses, baby’s breath, selected greenery, and ribbon.  I had taken the girls back for pictures and other preliminaries, so had to offer opinions when asked on what looked good.  Fortunately I had some good marching orders, and showed up 28 minutes before the ceremony with three new, lovely bouquets.  It was another first for me as a pastor, let alone father of the bride!

Kathy and I don’t know how to say thank you to all of you, but we do want you to know how much we appreciate your care.  In our case at least, the feeling of experiencing being loved by this body of believers is STRONG.  We love you, too, and hope to be able to show it in tangible ways in days ahead.  How blessed we are!

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