Reading: Song of Solomon 2: 10-13
Here is a writing I did in 1998 as I prepared for the wedding of two good friends of mine. I thought of it recently as the couple is celebrating their wedding anniversary today. I thought I'd share it with you here. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
As I write this in 1998, I am getting ready for a wedding. No, it will not be me watching my bride march down the aisle. But I will be at the front of the church, standing beside the groom, witnessing this important day, playing the part of best man. I've been in my share of weddings, but this is the first time I've been best man with specific duties to perform.
When I was asked to be best man, I accepted gladly. What an honor! But, I was also a bit scared. After all, I was a rookie best man and didn't know what all I had to do. So, I did some research. I went to the mall one day and secretly stood in the wedding book aisle at the book store, looking in all those bride books to see if they mentioned what all a best man is responsible for. I also bought the groom a book, "The Groom's Handbook." Before I gave it to him, I read the section on choosing your wedding party. There, I found some other useful listings of what I was required to do.
Of course, I knew I would have to give that all-important first toast to the newlyweds. I even started right away to jot down some ideas. And, I knew I was in charge of the traditional bachelor party and keeping the rings the day of the ceremony. But, I found out that the best man is also responsible for entertaining the groom at the church (I'll have my backgammon board), drive the groom to the church (no problem, I just bought a new car), take care of wedding day business affairs (organists need to be paid after all), and have tissues for the couple (I would suspect only the bride will need them-- the groom has been known to say emotions are for the weak).
June is the month of weddings. A time of new beginnings, not only for those just married but for all of us. Everyone makes resolutions for new starts in January, but this year why not make one in the middle of the year. Resolve to start being a better person, to be more supportive of your friends and family, and have a positive attitude. In all your relationships, treat the next few months as a "honeymoon," being more loving toward others and more willing to accept
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