Monday, August 06, 2007

Remember His Covenant Forever

"Remember His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations"--1 Chronicles 16:15

On Wednesday evening, following the rehearsal, we hosted a feast at the Berkompas home, thanks largely to the talents and assistance of Mr. and Mrs. Koch, as well as several wonderful young ladies, and of course my Mom and both Grandmothers. The party was beautifully decorated with torches and flowers, creating an atmosphere of joy and community that was hard to leave.

After dinner, Jonathan stood up and gave thanks to everyone for their participation and support, but mostly for Dad and Mom's dilligence and perserverance in getting him to this point, their guidance as he sought after a wife, and God's covenant faithfulness in bringing he and Chelsea together. It was a celebration of God's providence and kindness in their lives.

Dad and Christopher both commended him for his growth in the faith, his strong Christian character, and charged him with his new God-given duties as a married man.

The couple collected some cash playing a game where Dad would ask them entertaining questions about eachother and compare their answers, or present one of them with an item that the other one uses and see if they could correctly identify it.

Jonathan learned all about eyelash curlers, toe-spacers and lip gloss, while Chelsea puzzled over which bullet belonged in which gun, and how to pump up a bike tire and toss clay pigeons!

It was a blast for everyone, and is sure to become a family tradition.

Once it got dark enough, Dad presented an amazing set of slideshows that he and Mom had labored over for weeks, matching hundreds of great photos with some beautiful songs. (Dad has posted several on his blog which you can view here: It was a blessing to relive how they have grown over the years, and tears flowed freely on more than one occasion (from other people you understand... :). Everyone left refreshed, inspired, anticipating the weekend.

“Thus says the LORD, ‘Yet again there will be heard in this place...the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who say, “Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting”--Jeremiah 33:10-11

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