The other day I was sitting at our local mechanic’s shop, waiting for an oil change, and reading the Talmud. (Isn’t that what everyone does while waiting for an oil change?) Anyway, I came across this sentence: “The world is a wedding.”
A wedding is a love story, two people promising themselves to each other “til death do us part.”
Our world is also a love story — between God and man, where the church is the bride of Christ.
A wedding is a leaving and joining; it’s the close of one chapter and the beginning of another; it’s a little bit of sadness and a lot of joy.
What I loved most about Owen and Emily’s wedding were the little details.
The flowers on the window ledges came mostly from our gardens, and the bottles were mostly borrowed from friends.When they were moved to the barn where the reception was held, they were a thread of continuity between the ceremony and the celebration.
Owen and Emily included elements of fun, too, like the pinata and the bobble-heads.
Their wedding included everything from carousel rides to cider and doughnuts. It makes me smile just to think about it.
The table decorations, to me, were the icing on the (gluten-free) cake.
Brightly colored napkins, some made by Owen, served as the place-cards, tied with twine, with a name attached, neatly placed on each plate. A strip of burlap ran down the center of each table. A milk glass vase with a few flowers stood at either end of the table. And rocks. Several rocks were placed at random intervals on the burlap.
I looked at the rocks and was absolutely delighted. They were Herkimer Diamonds.
Herkimer Diamonds are unique double-terminated quartz crystals found in a roughly 30 mile swath of upstate New York near Herkimer. Hunting for them is so much fun. Getting the crystal free and intact from the mother-rock takes skills that I don’t have, so when we mine, we take the whole rock. The rocks sparkle even if there is no obvious diamond.
The world, and a wedding, are like Herkimer diamonds. They are hard. They can be rough.
But there are also plenty of sparkles for those willing to look for them.
The world is a wedding.
Thanks be to God.