We have almost all seen it: seated in a packed church, the clergy arrives, along with the bridegroom, taking their positions at the front of the church. Then, music plays while a runner is unrolled from the back of the sanctuary up to the altar. The groomsmen and bridesmaids come down the aisle as couples, with the final couple being the maid or matron of honor and the best man. Music continues as the wedding party moves into their final positions as phones and cameras flash among the “dearly beloved” guests who have started taking their own photos to memorialize the event. One or more flower girls and ring bearer boys may also cruise down the aisle, allowing relatives and friends to photograph them “being cute”.
Then, the music stops. All eyes reflexively are trained on the door at the back of the church sanctuary and anticipation builds. Finally, the familiar strains of The Wedding March are heard and the doors open to reveal the bride in her full regalia. The crowd reacts with gasps, loud whispers of “She’s beautiful!” There are shouts of joy and excitement, and even some tears as the bride moves with care and elegance down the aisle. The flashes of cameras and cell phones reach a fever pitch as the bride continues her walk, her smile clearly visible from behind the sheer veil. She is delivered to the altar to stand opposite the groom, and now all is ready.
Clearly, no wedding can begin until the bride is ready, and not before; the groom had better be in place and waiting when she arrives. Hmmm, wonder if scripture agrees with that?
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