May 9, 2011

A Father's Speech

While we wait on photographs from the professional, I thought I'd share one of my favorite candid shots from my youngest daughter's wedding. Here, the bride and groom share their first dance and a private moment.

Next up, my dance with her, followed by my speech, below.

"My Darling Daughter, you have been a delight to us since the very beginning- and to those around you! Your zest for life, your loyalty to those you love, and your passion to please God, make you a remarkable young woman. You are not only beautiful and wise, you walk in purity, integrity, and obedience to God. You have strong gifts of encouragement, discernment, and leadership. And you’re just a lot of fun!

Many times your mother and I wondered who would be your husband as we saw no that came close to being worthy of you or being your equal. How pleased we were that you held your ground and waited for God. Even as a little girl, you’ve known your value in Christ did not depend on what others said about you.

My new son-in-law, we are thrilled that you are her husband- and you are her perfect match in every way! You are a man of equal passion for the Lord, warmth, integrity, and wisdom. Your brilliant mind, kindness, and good humor, make you a man who is comfortable in his own skin.

Everyone here, everyone around you, can see how you two were designed by God to be together! What a good thing this is!

As gifted as each of you are individually, you will be even more powerful in the Lord and much happier as you serve Him together in unison. Even though you are peers in every way, always remember God brought you together for His purposes together, that your giftings match well.

May God Himself be in the middle of all you do and bless you with a long and happy life together!"

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