Friday, November 21, 2008
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Matthew 6:6 – But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV)

As every father knows, a child is special, no matter what age. Sarah is no exception. She is special in her own way, and always will be to me.

The wedding of a daughter is a bittersweet experience. There are issues and remembrances that require transition within the parents, along with the ones facing the daughter in becoming a wife. The daughter is going to become someone else's partner. This is one of those stepping stones across the stream of life that changes things for all those involved.

A parent checks over any candidate with a cautious eye! I have prayed for my daughters, over the years, that they may find the right person at the right time for them. I still do so for my eldest daughter, Hannah. I believe that God, too, has His own concerns for us and is eager to be asked into all our decisions. So it proved to be the case for Sarah on her wedding day.

Finally, the time came to prepare for her to make "the journey" to the church. She was dressed in ivory/cream satin with a five-foot train, which is not rain-friendly, and it was raining.

I suggested that we pray for the rain to stop, because I have seen God stop rain before. As we arrived at the door, the rain stopped. When we got into the car, the rain started again. As we arrived at the church, we prayed again, and the rain stopped. She arrived at the altar without a spot on her!

I choose to take this as a sign of God's blessing on her marriage, because at our invitation, He was pleased to demonstrate His fatherly kindness on her day.

Matthew 6:33-34 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (ESV)

Prayer: Lord, we thank You for Your mercy shown to us. Please forgive us when we want to be lord over every aspect of our own life and that of those around us, without Your inclusion. Enable us to trust in Your love for our loved ones, and our own futures too, as today we give ourselves, and them, into Your loving care. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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