Fallen leaves are raked aside earlier in the day to clear a path for her wedding in the woods.

Dresses that seemed, Oh, so, very important are now minor details as they adorn the young women who go before her.


Trees provide their best colors of crimson and gold as a canopy for this holy event.


All rise as they bride, in white, without spot or wrinkle, slowly makes her way down the path, now sprinkled with yellow and white rose petals by giggling five year old girls.


This is it, the moment she has dreamt of all her life – She is the bride, walking to her groom.


It has been weeks since she has seen him last.  His eyes of wisdom and strength, how they embrace her with the rapture of his love, as she makes her way to him on the arm of her daddy.


Marriage – where deep calls to deep, and the rib from which she was created, longs to be reunited as one.  A symbol on earth as it is in heaven.


_MG_0272And, my spirit, which was breathed into me, longs for the Spirit from which it was given.


Let us be glad and rejoice and honor him; for the time has come for the wedding banquet of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.  She is permitted to wear the cleanest and whitest and finest of linens.” (Revelation 19:7-9 NIV)



Our church ceremonies and celebrations were put in place by God to remind us of whose we are; from where we have come, and to where we will return.


It is easy to forget these things as the world presses in.  It is easy to forget with each sunrise, God separates us from the darkness – a promise, (Genesis 1:4 NASB)


With each new birth – Christ is proclaimed – a promise (1 John 5:6-8 NASB)


With each wedding  – we are reminded that we are Christ’s beloved one – a promise. (John 14:16-21 NASB)


I dab the corners of my eye as a gentle breeze rustles the canopy of leaves, and the bride says,


 “I promise to…”




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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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