Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:12-17
We’re here at a ranch near Quinlin, Texas for our son’s wedding. This will be a day of great joy and celebration – not only because of Aaron & Erin’s wedding, but also because as of 11:30 last night all nine (9) of our grandchildren are here with us. I’m sitting at the table in the great room with my youngest granddaughter. Naomi is coloring. Shelby (the oldest) is getting ready to take Morgan, Jackie, and Bekah for a walk. Peter is playing with the trains of our Mexican Domino centerpiece while Jackie colors on the floor. James is unpacking a new game, Ticket to Ride. Diane is cooking with Lori and Tim. Matt & Dana have made it down and a concerned daddy is looking for his three children who just left for a walk. He’s not going to let a zebra or emu (yes, they’re on the ranch too) get them.
Later a number of folks will arrive from various parts of Texas. The California, Pennsylvania, and Colorado contingents have already made it here. We’ll celebrate. We’ll worship. We’ll have a great day. For all these things I am very thankful.
The passage above will be the text for their wedding. They have already instructed me not to go too long. But it’s a good reminder for us all:
Put on compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, and beyond all that put on love. That calls for an intentional effort. That will bless you as husband and wife. That will reflect God’s loving character for you. That will lead you to forgive each other – just as God has forgiven you in Christ.That is a very good thing.