You may be sick of hearing it by now, but I will be getting married in fewer than three months. I'm excited to be a husband and I'm excited to celebrate our wedding with our friends. Many people are excited for us, too. They keep saying, "Your big day is getting closer."
"Our big day is getting closer." This is an interesting and exciting phrase. But one statement that we've heard a lot that I don't feel comfortable with is this: "Remember, your wedding day is your day not anyone else's." I understand why people say this. I understand that they don't want us to feel that all of our decisions must be based on pleasing others. But the thought that bothers me is that our wedding day isn't mostly about us. We want our wedding day to be about our Heavenly Father.
All days are His day; this includes the day of our wedding ceremony. In fact, the entire wedding ceremony is His. But that's not all. Our marriage is His.
With that in mind, Christine and I thought of ways to honor God in our wedding and to be a part of His mission in the midst of our wedding. I honestly believe that we shouldn't get married unless we can make earth a little bit more like heaven together. Our influence in helping expand God's Kingdom should be enhanced by our marriage; not hindered.
This is where we need your help. We have been lead to help Cedar Valley Friends of the Family through our wedding. One of the places on our wedding registry is Cedar Valley Friends of the Family. We want people to make a donation in our name as a wedding gift.
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family is a local organization that helps sexually assaulted women, women and families affected by domestic violence and the homeless. They help give housing to homeless and women evading an abusive partner; as well as several other things. Check out their website for more information. They are a great organization in our back yard. We feel that they do an awesome job of serving people as Christ would want us to.
Here's how you can give. Click here to go to their website and donate online. Once you've donated, there is a place that allows you to put a comment in with your donation. Please comment "Ray Lind Wedding". We would love to know how much money is raised, it would be a huge encouragement to us.
We would love for you to give to them. If you don't give, that is okay. However, if you are getting married or thinking of getting married or know someone who is getting married please spread the word about this idea of making a donation to a charity or mission part of a wedding registry. We want to start a new trend. We want things that make the world a better place and that help "the least of these" to be common place in wedding registries. We love bouquet tosses, rehearsal dinners and crazy wedding party introduction dances; but we'd love to see this idea catch on in wedding culture.
Thank you for your love and support. Thank you for helping us recognize "our big day" as "His day". Thank you for helping make this world more heavenly. God bless you today.