Our guests braved the rain and the cold to sit outdoors. All was ready.
Our minister, Sharon, and Munawwar wait with me.
The rain started again.
Sharon let me know it was time.
And then I saw her.
My bride walked out of the house and into our sanctuary.
We stood in front of our friends and family, and Sharon began to speak.
"Dearly Beloved," she began, "We are gathered here today, in this rainy desert, to be witness to the marriage of Lee and Nadia."
She opened the Bible. "Love is patient, love is kind," she read from I Corinthians, "Love is never jealous. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
The rain came down harder as Sharon spoke, but her voice rose above it.
"All are welcome here," she told us, speaking with authority. "In the truest spirit of Christianity, we worship a God that knows no boundaries between people of different colors or different faiths, different languages or different families. We are all part of the family of God, and we worship the God who made us all. We are his children, and we thank Him for bringing us here today and for bringing together Nadia and Lee."
She read and explained our vows.
"'Till death do you part," she intoned, fixing me with her steely gaze.
Sounded pretty serious, I thought. I looked out at the crowd for inspiration from some of the most lighthearted people in the entire family of God. They all thought it was pretty serious, too.
© 2004 Lee Fike
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