Once upon a time (though the story is true), Richard and Marilynn Miekley, witnessed by their friends and family, exchanged vows and become one flesh in the sight of God. It was a beautiful day for the wedding. The church was decorated with flowers and candles and everyone was dressed up in their “Sunday best.” As the music began, Richard, accompanied by his best man and fellow friends stood at the front of the church, awaiting his bride to walk down the aisle. Though he tried hard not to show it, he was nervous, as anyone would be. Still he stood and watched as several beautiful women walked down the aisle and smiled as the camera snapped several pictures. As the music stopped and the music was shuffled on the organ, it was only a matter of time until the next song would play – the wedding march in which Richard’s wife to be would come down with her father in hand. His palms began to sweat and as the music began to play, a tear of joy ran down his check.
Coming down the aisle, Marilynn and her father were in full sight. The crowd stood up as she began her last walk as an unmarried woman. People smiled and gasped. She was beautiful and she knew it. Her father, in both joy and sadness was losing her daughter to a man he and his wife had come to love. He would be good for her and would treat her well. As they reached the front, Richard, Marilynn, and her father stood in front of a pastor-friend and waited for the music to end. What happened next was almost like a dream; it almost didn’t seem real to either of them. It really didn’t hit Richard until Marilynn’s father blessed the marriage and gave him a hug. This was really happening and his fears began to subside.
He nervously went through his vows, looking Marilynn in the eyes. He wanted to make sure that she saw his eyes. He was making this promise before God and those who had come to witness this union and he wanted her to see that there was no mistake. With over 2.5 billion people in this world, he chose her to be his wife, for better or for worse, in the good times and the bad, in sickness and in health until God took one of them home. With an “I do,” Richard had made the second most important decision in his life – to marry this woman who he loved so much. Marilynn too made the same eye contact and the same vows. With an “I do,” she too made this commitment before God and her friends and family.
With their rings in hand, they place them on the forth finger of their left hands. “With this ring, I thee wed.” Looking at their hands, something was different. There were matching rings on their hands. All that awaited them now was to be announced as husband and wife. After taking communion and lighting the candles, they turned around and faced their respected friends and family. With the announcement made, “I now pronounce you man and wife,” Richard embraced his wife and the audience cheered. It was a match made in heaven– literal and the party began. And they have lived happily ever after – for 45 years.
HAPPY 45th Mom and Dad!