“Semper Fidelis ”
“Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, and the bride from her dressing room (Joel 2:16).”
Do you cry at weddings? Chances are that even the most stoic tough guys may get misty over a recent wedding photo and you likely don’t even know the bride or groom. A pre-ceremony pic has gone viral over the internet of U.S. Marine Corp Cpl. Caleb Earwood and Maggie, his bride to be. Moments before commencement of their nuptials, Cpl. Earwood came to the room in which Maggie was in. Without facing her he backed up to the open doorway she stood in and they looked away from each other so as not to violate the well-known tradition of not seeing the bride before the wedding ceremony. Then he reached his hand back and took hers and led them both in prayer before the throne of God to seek His blessings on their marriage.1 Caleb asked that their union be strong and to serve as an example for young couples.2
Since then the photo of that moment has likely been seen by millions as people continue to pass it along. The picture is indeed moving by itself, but with the details provided by its subjects the story is irresistible. Now there are many ladies who love a wedding but fewer guys are as giddy. So why does this one reach so many hearts?
Perhaps it is because the image of a warrior taking his brides hand and humbling themselves before the Almighty is sufficient cause. Perhaps some see this Marine as a symbol of the strength of this nation that once used to seek after God’s favor in all her endeavors. Maybe, as the institution of marriage wanes in reputation and households the image of this couple standing fast for the sacred tradition represents the ideas we would like to see restored. It may even be that as a young couple affirming their faith publicly gives some of us hope that Christianity will not be pushed into the shadows and catacombs but still shines unashamed. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).” Certainly, Caleb’s prayer the he and Maggie be exemplary was powerfully answered speedily.
Of their invocation, the Marine said, “We were about to take our first steps in life together, and we didn’t want to take a step without it being in God’s will.”1 This is the type of bold and clear declaration that pleases God. Joshua broadcast a similar statement to his nation; “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD (Joshua 24:15).” Just as those wedded at Cana, the Earwoods invited Jesus to the ceremony (John 2:1). Have you asked Jesus into your marriage, your home, and into your life to seek His favor and blessings? Christian you can be a powerful example to others by this simple act.
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels (Isaiah 61:10).”