Saturday, June 26, 2010


I'm at the church on a Saturday waiting to perform a wedding service in about 40 minutes for one of our young couples in the church. I'm really glad to do this wedding. The couple and I have been meeting for about 3 months before the wedding working on issues they will face after the wedding service in hopes of avoiding the plight of this poor bride. (And I've been looking for an excuse to use this photo anyway.)
Marriage is wonderful, but it's also the hardest thing I've ever done. It means you learn to set aside "you" and make decisions about "we." It's difficult and rewarding all at the same time. After hundreds of weddings over the years I have no idea how many of them have survived, but I would tell anyone thinking about marriage that it will give you the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of any decision you will make. So, now for the tie and jacket on a hot 100 degree Texas afternoon. It's time for a wedding!


mike said...

I just got engaged and am getting married in 3 months. We are looking at 6 weeks of pre-marital counseling and we both know it will be hard work. Dying to "self" is a big issue. We both know the sooner we nail "self" to the cross the easier that will make it. But again, it's tuff. I don't want my bride to look like the one in the picture or myself for that matter.=)

Mike Messerli said...


Congratulations! That's exciting. I'll be praying for you guys as you prepare for a life together.