Thursday, November 13, 2008
They aren't kidding this time
After years of dating and years of being engaged and years of planning a wedding, tonight I attended the rehearsal of my daughters wedding. In less then 40 hours Erin and Lance will be wed.
Tonight was very "doable" and I was happy to have an opportunity to "toast" the Anderson family and thank them for all the good things that they have done for Erin and Jason over the years.
The playlist, which I will leave up for a week, is most of the music from the wedding ceremony. The parents (all EIGHT of them!) will be seated during Canon in D. The bridesmaids and groomsmen will enter during Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, and Erin will be escorted down the aisle with Trumpet Voluntary. Then the congregation will sing Joyful, Joyful we Adore Thee. After a reading of I Corinthians 13 by Erin's paternal grandfather, Tim, Erin's father will sing the Lord's Prayer. In the first week that I met Tim he was practicing this very piece for a recital that was required as part of his music degree. He has a lovely voice and it was a treat to be taken back to the past while he was practicing tonight. After a meditation, the vows and a prayer, the Unity Candle will be lit while Tim and a woman with a honey voice that is a neighbor and dear friend will sing Bless the Broken Road. This is a special song for Scott and I and Tim and Lana sing it wonderfully. The recessional is Hornpipe From Water Music, and Erin and Lance will exit under full military salute with a four swordsmen Civil War sword salute.
I of course had no idea what to expect tonight. The "broken road" that has led us to this point has not been easy on anyone. There are many people that were assembled in that room tonight that have hurt and been hurt. But God is a good God. Healing can happen. And if this is what Erin and Lance want, then I for one feel that tonight it was clear that the right amount of healing has happened and all who are at the core of this celebration come with their hearts engaged and their God in charge. I will not soon forget how much at ease I was in a situation that scared me for weeks prior.
Now all that is left is prayer for beautiful flocked snow covered trees for the day of the ceremony!