Luke 1:31-35 (NLT)
31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel[a] forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.
John 1:14 (NLT)
14 So the Word became human[a] and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.[b] And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT)
9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
In 1954 my dad asked my mother to be his bride. Although exciting, that was not the only wonderful thing that would happen that year. Daddy had always worked faithfully in the church, and after returning home from the military he continued to be a faithful Christian worker. By this time, he was twenty-five years old and had already been elected to hold the position of Sunday School Superintendent for the church.
Psalm 16:7-8 (NLT)
7 I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night, my heart instructs me.
8 I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
1 Chronicles 17:8 (HCSB)
8 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. I will make a name for you like that of the greatest in the land.
On December 2nd of this year, we had my dad’s homegoing celebration.
Usually, whenever we travel back home, we all ride together in the same vehicle. This time, however, it was different. My daughter had decided that it would be better for her to drive her car to the funeral so that she could leave immediately afterward to return home. She had finals starting on the next Monday morning, which was only two days away. She wanted to have the rest of the weekend to get somewhere quiet so she could study.
Celebrating of Marriage
Genesis 2:21-25 (NLT)
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs[a] and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.
“This one is bone from my bone,
and flesh of my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
because she was taken from ‘man.’”
24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
25 Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
Ephesians 5:21 (NLT)
21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Ephesians 5:31-33 (NLT)
31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”[a] 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.