This week, my 7 quick takes are all about weddings, joy and the Bride of Christ since a daughter was married just this last Saturday. In 18 months, four children have been married, two sons and two daughters with a fifth child engaged to be married in the winter of 2014.
my daughter and her new husband
Each time a child stands before a partner and commits their life to them, I am moved, struck to my core, even shaken.
My oldest son helps his new wife down stairs, A daughter was wed last a year ago in March and now has a 6 month old son, Another son and his wife are now expecting their second daughter.
son, best Dad, expecting 2nd daughter
No wonder people cry at weddings. With pride and in awe as we watch our offspring stand on the ceiling of our experience, of all we have taught them. My ceiling is in fact my children’s floor. It is what they stand on as they begin their lives.
When my kids gather at celebrations and dance, they dance in a circle, facing each other. Every once in a while, one will turn and gesture to other people to come and join them and they do because the circle is inclusive. As I watch, this circle of dance is symbolic to me of the circle of life.
- My adult children’s joy is contagious. This joy is holy. It is the joy of the Lord. Once again as I watch my family dance, I am filled with humble thanksgiving for what the Lord has done in our family.
This post really IS about marriage since it is our 35 wedding aniversary in three days. Yet what the Lord triggered in my heart was the fact that I am not only a bride to my husband but I am the bride of Christ as well. Jesus is the Bridgroom of my soul. This is not just some nice, flowery sentimental drivel. No this is core, self defining reality.
I remember the imagery that the Spirit gave me as I became a Catholic.
And even more tears well in my heart.
I stood outside a Catholic Church
on the stone steps
but the door was open.
I was dressed as a bride.
the bride of Christ.
Christ is the Bridegroom of my soul
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Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood.
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10 thoughts on “7QT Friday: A Daughter’s WEDDING and the BRIDE of CHRIST”
The joyous celebrations of the succesion of life have been in full swing in big events and small occasions . . .
Many blessings to your upcoming 35th wedding anniversary and best wishes to the newly weds.
thank-you, my friend and may every good thing in the heart of God be birthed in your very being
Your family is beautiful!
Beautiful. You are truly blessed.
Thank you for sharing your family with us.
Happy anniversary! May God bless you with another 35!
thank-you so much..we both come from a long line of people who reach their 90’s and on Michale’s side both grandmothers 100..his GRANDMOTHER is 100 and still alive!
On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 10:52 PM, joy of nine9