Yes, it really happened. My son Jonathan is now a married man, wedded to Maggie Thomas. I am glad that I chose to be a proud papa instead of presiding pastor, since it allowed my wife and myself to simple rejoice in the moment. And it was a joyous celebration of song and word, in which I was able to shout “Amen!” during a few choice moments. The couple selected Colossians 3 which includes,
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. (Col 3:16)
Kyle Jackson, on of two pastors, admonished them to actually practice this verse, singing to one another in the kitchen or the shower. And during communion they sang with the congregation, while the wedding party distributed the elements. It was a holy time.
At the reception, I had the opportunity to bless the meal, but first I told the story that when Jonathan was born, I gave out “Jonathan” apples to friends and staff. Now that I have new daughter-in-law, I want to give out the new Sweet Tango apples for it takes the two of them to tango. Finally, after reminding everyone about Pastor Kyle’s admonition, I invited the whole wedding reception to sing as table grace, Jonny Appleseed.
O the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the apple seed.
So what did Jon and Maggie choose to do on their first day as a married couple? To gather many of their friends and family for an apple picking outing at Afton Apple Orchard. Made me think of Psalm 17:8
Guard me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
I am pretty sure one of the twelve heavenly fruits in Revelation 22 must be the apple.
Lord Jesus, bless all married couples that they might delight in each other as the apple of your eye.