John hums to himself as he does up his bowtie, looking in the mirror to make sure he gets it right. The tune is Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March’, and it’s been on his mind for a while.
I wonder what Marie will be wearing… not long to go now!
“Son, you ready yet?”
That’s dad, just like him. He’s probably been ready for five minutes and is just waiting for me.
“I’ve been ready for five minutes, just waiting on you John.”
The groom steps out of his room, still fiddling with his bowtie.
“These things always give me grief. I don’t know how you manage them so neatly.”
His father Michael, a serious look on his face, is dressed in a three-piece suit outside in the hallway.
“Years of practice son, years of practice. Let me help you with that.”
As Michael steps in to put the finishing touches on, he seems distant although focussed.
“Something on your mind dad?”
“You could say that. Marriage is a lot like this bowtie, you know.”
“Well, someone else made it, that is, God did. You’ve ended up with it, and it’s up to you what you do with it. If you try to do it on your own, you may get it right, but more likely it will end up a shemozzle. And if it does what it was meant to do, and looks beautiful while at it, then it reflects well on you, and on the maker.”
“So what does it say that you’re helping me do it up now?”
Michael smiles to his son as he finishes the bowtie, clapping his son on the shoulders.
“That you don’t have to do this on your own, and that others will be there to help you.”
The two men embrace warmly, tears in their eyes.
(To be continued…)
We thank you that you made us for relationship, both with you and with one another.
We thank you for the gift of marriage, that through marriage we can bring glory to you – glory that you share with us in your love.
May the Holy Spirit help us to nourish our families and relationships, that through them we can help one another up.
In Jesus‘ name,
Ben and Thea Pratt have been married for twelve years, have four children, and live in the New England region of New South Wales. Thea spends her days homeschooling their children while Ben serves and trains in their local church and community. They are both keen supporters of marriage and families; Ben advocates at a local, state and national level for the rights of families, and Thea works with support groups that help women who are isolated/at risk of abortion
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by