During Advent this past December, I wrote about story. I focused on the unfolding of Jesus’ beginning on Christmas several thousand years ago, but found myself caught up in the beginning of story. Genesis revealed the explosion of creation under the guidance of our amazing God and unearthed the beginnings of grace. So many characters traveled through those first chapters and each one was chosen specifically by God because of the story they would tell. Every detail, character, and connection was written to tell the story of our humble beginnings. All was carefully crafted by God and nothing was an afterthought. Story begins behind the scenes, written by our God with love, grace and understanding.
When I began the journey into exploring story, I found myself caught up in the beautiful woven stories of God’s grace, the wonder of how our stories connect with others and the glorious beginnings of new life. I was only able to scratch the surface of the abundance of stories that has evolved over the years since creation. But one more story must be shared. One more beginning unfolded on December 27, 2015.
The day was initially warmer than most winter days and was also marked by flooding rains. Gray skies covered the horizon that seemed to stretch for miles and the steady swish of the windshield wipers provided a steady rhythm as the miles flew by. My car was occupied by my oldest son and his fiancee, good music and hearts ready for new love. A two hour drive through farmland took us on a path directly north with the final stretch heading west towards a church in Indiana.
But none of those details really matter. The rain remained outside and God’s perfect love reigned inside. Two imperfect people stood before God, family and friends to declare their love and begin their story as husband and wife. A story already anointed by God. The pages have a lifetime to be written, but the simple truth is that on December 27th, God did a new thing.
On December 27th, Daniel and Kayla’s story gracefully began as the first page was written before family, friends and most importantly God. Each detail is now carefully recorded, but every moment had been already been written by God.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
It is the story of a family that is growing once again. It is the coming together of all in love, prayer and support. It is the gathering of community to witness the union of love. It is knowing that God works behind the scenes to connect His people in ways that continue to evolve throughout our lives.
We all have a story wrapped up in a beginning, middle and end. Every word, paragraph and chapter has been carefully outlined in preparation for its unfolding. Our stories are never an afterthought or a mistake. We were chosen by God to be in this place and time. On December 27th, Daniel and Kayla’s stories were joined into one.
Daniel and Kayla chose to step into God’s story as they humbly presented themselves before God. Their story came to life when they spoke of their love for Jesus. In accepting Jesus as their Savior, they opened the door for Him to become the Author of each word, page, and chapter until He chooses to stamp “The End” on their lives. On December 27th, we celebrated God’s perfect love on the first page of Daniel and Kayla’s story.
My family’s story intersected with Daniel and Kayla’s as we stood together and welcomed Kayla into the family. We prayed their beginning into being, knowing that with God new things are possible.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Here are are some glimpses into the beginning of Daniel and Kayla’s story.
The wedding party
And as my brother posted, this is what forever looks like!
In grace and peace,
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