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The Bride of Christ

on May 13, 2014

Sorry my post is late today. I  was out of town this weekend for my nephews graduation and didnt get everything done that I wanted to get done. This  post isnt directly related to single life, but I wanted to share how I came to know the true meaning of being a bride of Christ.

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Years ago I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of my dear friend Erlinda as she married her best friend, Mike. As Erlinda spoke her words of commitment to Mike a tear slipped down his cheek. He tried to control his emotions, but was overwhelmed by the love he felt and the joy at hearing Erlinda’s words. It was beautiful and sweet and soon the tears ran down my own cheeks.

Erlinda and Mike had walked a long road to meet at the altar that day. Erlinda had been married before and from something the pastor said I believe Mike may have also. They had dated for several years as their friendship grew and, finally, they were united as one.

Often at weddings my mind turns to thoughts of what my own would be like. I have never been married, but have to admit that I have thought, many times over the years, of having a wedding.

While sitting in the congregation witnessing the ceremony, I was suddenly overwhelmed with an image of being the bride of Christ. Isaiah 62:5 says, “Your children will care for you with joy, O Jerusalem, just as a young man cares for his bride. Then God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.” In all the years since I have become a Christian I have never had such a clear picture of this aspect of our relationship with Christ.

As the ceremony began, Mike waited patiently at the altar for Erlinda to come down the aisle to him. When he saw her his face lit up in a huge smile. The love shone through his eyes. I imagine it was the same for the Lord as I lingered in coming to Him. He waited patiently. When the day finally came that I walked down that aisle to Him the love illuminated His face and His eyes were deep pools of emotion. I, the bride, approached nervously. This was the moment when rejection or acceptance could come. What joy when the bridegroom came down off the altar and took my elbow to guide me to my place.

Like Erlinda I spoke the words of my commitment and love for Christ. Oh what beauty of knowing that He was so overwhelmed with emotion that tears fell. He had waited for so long for me to come to Him and accept His gift of love. Finally, there I was and His love could no longer be contained. He rejoiced over me there at the altar.

The day I came to Christ, just as Erlinda and Mike were joined on their wedding day, I was joined with Christ. I left behind an old life and began a new life. This life was built on love, trust and respect. Just like Erlinda and Mike’s marriage, it is intended to last forever. From this day forward I am a new person united in love. And, from today forward, I will never think of being the bride of Christ without thinking of Mike’s tears of joy over his bride.

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2 responses to “The Bride of Christ

  1. Carole Brown says:

    Lovely, Tammy. Just a sweet and accurate portrayal of the bride of Christ!

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