“In a few moments, everything will change,” he told the bride and groom. “When you walk back up that aisle, you will never be the same again. You will be husband and wife.”
It was a gorgeous Saturday evening as we celebrated the marriage ceremony of the happy couple under a splendid summer sky.
“From this moment on, you will face the changes of life together, as one flesh,” said my father, who was officiating the wedding, “And so, let me remind you of the Changeless One.”
“The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8
Going out and coming in. Together. He will keep you.
In change, kept by the Changeless One.
From the back, where I am keeping watch over my two bouncy flower girls, I contemplate the wedding witnesses who nod knowingly of the life-changes of which he speaks. They understand just how much these two will need to lean on the Changeless One.
Twenty-six years ago, when I was not much older than my daughters, I watched my dad marry the groom’s parents. Since then, I have watched the parents of both the bride and the groom trust God through many goings out and comings in. They have walked steadily, in faithfulness to God and each other, lighting a path through change for their children to follow.
He will keep you.
After what seems like an eternity, the moment of change finally arrives for the happy couple. With their parents behind them, man and wife walk back up the aisle, into a changing future held by the Changeless One.
We sang, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” under the vast Kentucky sky, the bride, the groom, and us.
“Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not.”