Friday, May 7
Wedding: How to...
*Cake. We were lucky enough to have Tim's mum make our cake. She has crazy good cake making skills. It was two offset tiers of rich fruit cake with white icing and fresh fresias and peppertree leaves on top. Oh, and lego Tim and Soph's on top. One with a T on his t-shirt and one with mechanics overalls (well I use a drill and screwdriver in my job) and princess Leah hair.
* Catering. We were amazingly lucky to have our family friends do the catering as it is their proffession. It was all vegetarian and simple and tasty. Pumpkin soup made by mum was brought around in cups, containers of freshly cooked paella (with asparagus and halouomi through it), stuffed mushrooms and other yummy nibbles which I can't even remember any more! Then later cake, Baklava, FAIRY BREAD and heaps of amazing cheese.
* Readings. Our reading was from The Message version of the bible and we had 1 John, Ch4, v.7 - 21. We have been to a lot of weddings that have had Ephesians 5 read. We had this on our what we DIDN'T want list.
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God...
This is how we know we're living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: he's given us life from his life, from his very own spirit. Also, we've seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Saviour of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God's Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we've embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.
God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way Love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we're free of worry on judgment day - our standing in the world is identical with Christ's. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life - fear of death, fear of judgment - is one yet not fully formed in love.
We though are going to love - love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.
If anyone boasts, "I love God," and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: loving God includes loving people. You've got to love both.