Getting Married In Advent

December 19, 1996
by Laurence DeWolfe

Galatians 2:20b – [We] live by faith in the Son of God, who loved [us] and gave his life for [us].

We made it this far! 15 Years! Praise God! Was there ever any doubt we'd make it? Well…

Today is our anniversary! 15 years ago we were crazy students, rolling from exams and essays right into a wedding.

"What a silly time to get married," one church member blurted out one anniversary. She recovered enough to joke about only getting one set of presents. I can't think of a better time to get married than in Advent, near Christmas. It's the season of promise. We reach back for some old words and stories, and renew them for a new day.

The best Advent promise I've ever heard was the one she gave me on that day. The best Christmas gift I ever received was a loving life-partner. God's grace and faithfulness overflow for us every year. The celebration begins on the 19th.

Words from Galatians 2:20 were printed in our wedding service bulletins. One of our minister-guests worked them into his sermon the next day! 15 years later, they explain how two mismatched people have built a marriage. They also tell how Advent promises were fulfilled, and what Christmas is all about.

Look around you, at the people who are connected to you in friendship, family, marriage. Give thanks for the gift and the promise that each one is to you!

Prayer: As I look at my relationships, O God, I thank you for each one. I praise you for bringing us, together, this far. I look forward to living together by faith for all the years to come. Amen.

About the author:

Laurence DeWolfe
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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