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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Father of The Bride

Things are quite crazy around my house these days. We are not only planning for Christmas, but we are also preparing for our daughters wedding, which will take place in a little over a week. Leave it to our daughter to give us 8 weeks to plan a wedding. She always did like to throw in some spice and toss it up a bit. I do have to say, she has been a dream bride! She has had little opinion on things and has rested in the thought, ‘mom will get it done.’ The one who has surprised us all is her father. I never knew he had so many opinions. Everything from what type of dresses the bridesmaids should wear to the centerpieces for the reception tables. Go figure! Let me just make it clear, there is no bridezilla, momzilla, or even brotherzilla at our house…only dadzilla. He has reduced our daughter to tears on several occasions and I have had to bite my mother/wife tongue more than several times.

Jessica and I secretly met and decided upon the things we could delegate to him in order that he feel included. We decided he could take the boys to the tuxedo shop for the fitting of the tuxes which we had picked out. He seemed to be insulted at this suggestion. After much thought we decided he could help Ben, her wonderful husband to be, build their Huppah. (I am praying Ben knows how to use a hammer and nails and any other man tool that may be needed).

You may be wondering, “What is a Huppah?” One thing we have been privileged to receive from our friends in the Messianic Congregations in Ukraine, besides some traditional Russian apparel for dadzillas to wear, is the teaching of some ancient Jewish traditions. One particular tradition has to do with wedding ceremonies. In Jewish weddings the bride and groom marry under a “Huppah.” The original meaning of this word is room or covering. Sometimes referred to as the bridal canopy or bridal chamber, it is made of cloth that is supported by four poles.

The Huppah represents the groom’s house and symbolizes the beginning of the new home the couple will establish together. In Jewish tradition once the bride and groom were betrothed or engaged, the groom would return to his father’s house in order to build a room in which he and his bride were to live. One year later the father would tell him when it was time to go get his bride. The groom would return to his bride in order to retrieve her for the wedding ceremony. During that year she was to prepare herself for her grooms return. She did not know the day or the hour in which he would come for her. She only knew the month. The groom would take the bride back to his father’s house and the wedding ceremony would begin. The bride would take her place under the Huppah, the vows were exchanged and she was now under the protection and covering of her groom. A great celebration followed.

What a beautiful picture of the wedding day we will have with our betrothed groom, Jesus. As David and Ben build our daughters Huppah this week, I am reminded of what Jesus told his disciples in John 14:2-4, “In my fathers house are many rooms…I am going there to prepare a place for you. And If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” He told us we do not know the day or the hour of His return. In fact, the book of Matthew tells us that Jesus doesn’t even know the day or the hour, only the Father knows. But there is a day coming when the Father will tell the Son, ‘It is time; go get your bride!’ Jesus will come to retrieve his bride. He will usher us to His Father’s house, where He has prepared a room for us, and we will celebrate the great wedding feast with our groom.

Our daughter’s primary focus since her engagement has been on her groom. She talks to him the first thing every morning. She waits for his calls during the day. She longs to see him over their weekend visits. Her adoration for him is growing. They are finding more and more things to talk about. Her excitement and anticipation of being with him is increasing. May it be so with us and our groom!

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” (Revelation 19: 7, 9)