Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Whew!...what a week!

This past week has been a wonderful, exhilarating, exhausting and inspiring week.

Last Wednesday was the "Elvis wedding" of Doug and Vicki Fryer. Did I mention that Elvis was a part of there wedding before. It was a real Elvis wedding during Holy week. The bride was escorted down the isle by an Elvis impersonator and "Elvis" sang three songs in the ceremony. The ceremony was traditional with and Elvis twist. It was by far the most laughter and dancing that I have seen during a wedding. As the best man said after Elvis sang A little less Conversation a little more Action, "That was Awesome!" It was pretty cool.

Our flight arrived back in KC about 12:30 AM on Good Friday and it was after 2:30 before we got home. I had the blessing and honor to bring the message for a community Good Friday Service. About three times a year we do services with a couple of sister churches in our community, Shelburne Baptist Church and Edinburg Baptist Church. The service was wonderful. God was certainly present. A 40 hour prayer vigil began at 5:00 pm on Friday and had had several hours of prayer and meditation in at the church over the weekend.

Sunday was Easter Sunday and what wonderful time of worship we had. I am so thankful for the group of people who have come together to help lead music at Dockery and we were blessed by their ministry on Good Friday and on Easter.

Celebration. That has been the theme for the past week. Celebration look different at different times but it was celebration all the same. Also, the source of the celebration was all the same. It was God. We celebrated God's love and God's uniting Doug and Vicki as husband and wife. We celebrated that after 13 years of courting they made this commitment in front of us, God, and Elvis. We celebrated God on Friday and his love that is revealed to us in the cross of Christ. We celebrated God as we prayed for forty hours and we celebrated God and the resurrection. WE celebrated the promise of the Empty tomb. And the celebration continues.

Everyday we can celebrate God. Everyday is reason to celebrate God. Sometimes our celebration will be over the top filled with laughter and dancing. Sometimes our celebrations will be in the midst of suffering and sorrow like Good Friday. Sometime our celebration will be quite and meditative. Sometimes the celebration will be a worship service gathered with other people. Sometimes it will be alone. Celebrate God!!! Keep celebrating God with your life and throughout everyday of your life. That is what I am learning through this week of celebration. Join me in the celebration.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

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