This evening, Kristi and I had the pleasure of joining several of our friends from Cellular Sales to witness the marriage of Angie Toerner and Tyler Crowe, two excellent salespeople and, more importantly, tremendous friends. We were joined by Kory and Lynzi White, Shawn and Brooke Slone, Rick Fransen, Dave and McKenna.
The wedding was hosted at Otter Creek Park, about 30 minutes outside of Louisville along the Ohio River. The setting was gorgeous.
Kristi and I enjoy weddings for many reasons. These photos are filled with some of our favorite people here in Louisville! But most importantly, wedding ceremonies remind us of the most important Person in the universe, Jesus Christ, and our privileged relationship to him as members of his bride, the church, for whom he gave his very life!
Marriage, as the most intimate of all human relationships, is for that reason also the most refining. As we patiently endure each other’s shortcomings, Kristi and I are reminded of Christ’s perfect patience with us. Moreover, the power to become more like Christ in and through our marriage comes as we focus ourselves, not on our imperfections, but on the perfect Christ and his perfect cross-work for us. In the cross, we find our tallest order and the grace we need to meet it!
For example, the very command that I love my wife is fulfilled perfectly by Christ in his love toward me!
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” -Ephesians 5
Full in Christ, the man whose sins are cleansed by Christ has more than an example of love, but an experience of joy in Christ’s love toward him that overflows to the benefit of everyone in his life – especially his wife. He can forgive much because he is forgiven much. Same for her. As Christ died for the church “that he might present the church to himself in splendor,” so the husband serves and leads and loves his wife for the joy that is his in a happy spouse and a holy marriage.
Today was a reminder to us of the privilege of marriage and the pleasure that is ours as members of Christ’s bride, the church (Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:22-32; Revelation 19:6-10).
Angie, you were a beautiful bride and Tyler…you looked just amazing!
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