AS A BRIDE
Jeanette Berry, June 1975
"...As a bride
adorned for her husband..." Revelation 21:2.
The Bible speaks much about brides
and marriage. It must be very dear to the heart of God.
From Eve, the bride taken from the side of Adam to the church
taken from the riven side of Christ, brides are very special in
the Word of God.
As we think of brides, we are
always curious as to how she was adorned. Newspaper accounts
always describe in detail how the bride was dressed. As a
bride I wanted to please my husband. I gave much thought and
planning as to how to adorn myself to please him.
Naturally, a beautiful white gown
was first on my list. White was to represent the purity with
which I offered myself to him, and with it a veil. In
Genesis 24:65 Rebekah meets Isaac, her husband to be, and "She
took a veil and covered herself...". This is a symbol of
submission to his ownership and authority. Only to the
husband does she give the right and the privilege to left the veil
and seal the vows with a kiss.
I carried a white Bible because it
is the foundation of our new relationship and the guide of our
future. It has been all of that and more. We exchanged
rings,---tokens of our unending love and as a pledge of our vows.
A pledge is a down payment until the vows are fulfilled. I
treasure my rings even today as they were the first of thousands
of blessings from my husband.
Our wedding was wonderful and
marriage to Tom has been a heaven on earth. However, I'm
planning on getting married again! The Bible tells us that
the Church is the bride of Christ, looking forward to the
marriage of the Lamb. I want my adorning for this marriage
to surpass that of our wedding.
Again, I'll be dressed in white,
--the robe of righteousness, and again, I want to please HIM, whom
having not seen, I love. I want to be pure, obedient, and
loving. In the Genesis story, as the servant made the
journey bringing Rebekah to her bridegroom, he gave her tokens of
his riches and filled her heart with stories of his blessings and
riches. In like manner the Holy Spirit presents us with
tokens of God's love, and tells us of the riches of our
Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the joys that await us when
we become His wife.
The sweetest and most precious
token of Jesus to me is the husband He gave me here on earth.
If anything on earth can be as wonderful as the love and the
fellowship I enjoy in our marriage relationship, then our marriage
to the Lamb is beyond description.
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