One of my close friends was about to get married and was very excited. I said,”Congratulations, John. I just wanted to tell you that I’m sure you’ll remember this day fondly for the rest of your life”. He said, “Thanks, but my wedding day isn’t until tomorrow”. I said “Yeah, I know”.
Today marks one of the happiest moments of my son and for me as well. Eric and his lovely bride Lesley were married on this day, March 24th. They are still happily married and have four kids. We have all been blessed.
The best part of that day, at least for me was that I officiated their wedding! I know! Who gets to do that?? I still get goose bumps when I think about it. As in all weddings that I’m honored to officiate, I choose my time to have a little fun.
In this case, they really wanted to be careful and try not to be tempted. So they decided the limit was holding hands until they were married. He was in seminary and was going to be a pastor of a church. They each exercised tremendous restraint throughout the courtship.
So when it came time for me to tell him he may now kiss the bride, I hesitated for a long time. And I mean a long time! He finally looked back at me and whispered rather loudly, “Come on, Dad”! Everyone in the audience heard it and really started laughing. It was pretty funny, if I do say so myself.
I don’t know anyone who has been blessed with officiating the wedding of a son or daughter. It was the thrill of a lifetime. Just the fact that they asked me caused me to break down and cry as soon as we hung up the phone. I felt so incredibly honored.
Later on, he had the privilege of officiating his mother’s wedding. He must have felt like I did. So blessed to have the opportunity. In fact, I have been blessed to officiate many weddings and in every case it has been either close friends or family. Oh, and I didn’t get my authority off of the Internet. I’m a licensed minister.
I hope I get the honor of officiating more weddings. They’re such happy occasions and most of them have lasted. I think there are only two that didn’t work. I’ll find out why because in most cases, I conduct premarital counseling. I just want to be sure they have a pretty good grasp on things prior to taking the plunge.