It’s officially wedding season for us. It seems like every other weekend we have some wedding to attend or officiate. It doesn’t help that all of my siblings (one brother and three sisters) are due to get married this year. Today we’re due to attend (with me co-officiating my first wedding) the wedding of our beloved friends, Andy and Jenn. I was asked to share something personal, so I thought that I’d re-create a note exchange Jenn and I had during one of He Who Would be Head Pastor’s riveting sermons during our days at our old church.

Jenn: I’m thinking about breaking up with Andy.
Maurice: Why?
Jenn: I’m not sure. Things are sorta scaring me about us.
Maurice: The relationship getting serious?
Jenn: Yeah.
Maurice: Well, if I were you, I’d break up with him.
Jenn: Really?
Maurice: Yeah. Because it’s scary being with a man who loves you for who you are. Who respects your ideas and opinions. I know that you are certainly used to someone who values you, treasures his time with you, and treats you how you deserve to be treated. It makes me uncomfortable how he loves your son as if he were his own. Andy’s smart, I guess not bad to look at, and is striving to be the man God would have him be. Let’s face it, guys like him, relationships like this, come along all the time, so if I were you, I’d ditch this fool.

A year later, here we are. Once again my advice going ignored.

If you’ll indulge me a prayer for my friends:
We gather to bear witness of the union between our friends, our family, Jenn and Andy. We’re here not just to celebrate with them, but also to support them as they vow before You, O Lord, and before us to become husband and wife. This is a serious undertaking, one that will not always be easy, nor entered into lightly. So Lord, we ask your blessings upon them. We thank You for bringing them into our lives, and the joy they bring. We thank You for bringing them together and allowing us to share in this joyous occasion.