Saturday marked the celebration of Kim Fox and David Long’s commitment to marriage. And what a celebration it was! Everyone, it seems, felt God’s smile on the day.
Several days prior to the wedding, the weatherman began predicting 70 percent chance of rain. We toyed with the thought of a backup plan in case his predictions came true, but not for long. All the other details had fallen into place so beautifully. Why, then, would the Lord not ensure the weather cooperated, too? And so, in faith, we moved forward with our plans. And God honored it. Mild cloud cover protected everyone from the sun’s blistering heat. And not a single drop of rain fell.
One of my most unforgettable moments came moments after I’d placed Kim’s veil on her head. My four-year-old grandson Luke gazed at his auntie, adoration and wonder in his eyes. Then he said, “Auntie Kim—you’re perfect for your wedding.” So precious.
Another personal highlight was seeing nearly a dozen of Kim’s clients in the audience. She’s worked with adults with special needs for about seven years, and many of her current clients came with their caregivers. She’d hoped they would come, and they did.
The couple had written their vows, and their words reflected their personalities and perspectives. Both promised to remain faithful for life. “Leaving you will never be an option nor an ultimatum,” said David to his bride.
The couple ducked through a garden arch and entered a gazebo where they signed their marriage license on a stone table. After they returned, a worship leader with guitar in hand led the audience in two songs. “Creation Calls” was first, chosen for the couple’s mutual love for nature and its Creator. “As For Me and My House” followed as a declaration of the couple’s intent to build their marriage on Christ.
Watching my baby and her best friend sing their intent moved me to tears. Her dad and I have prayed for her and her future spouse for 26 years. We’ve asked the Lord to give her a godly husband, one who would love Him and cherish our girl. And today we witnessed His answer.
The ceremony ended and the pastor introduced the couple as Mr. and Mrs. David Long. “What God has put together, let no man separate,” he said. The audience burst into applause, and the festivities began.
After the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, my husband and I will help move them to Calgary where Kim will begin her two-year Master’s degree for occupational therapy and David will work and apply for medical school. Tomorrow I’ll post about how God has answered prayer by providing housing for them.