(This is refreshed content from a while back that was never published as a blog. I hope you'll enjoy it.)
A well-known fashion magazine recently ran an online feature about royal wedding gowns, no doubt prompted by Prince Harry's nuptials. There were dozens of pictures of royals from every continent, dating back to the 1940s.
The caption offered just enough information about the bride, groom, and gown to spark the imagination.
There were Cinderella and Cinderfella stories. There were elaborate, custom couture numbers that could drain treasuries. There were even simple frocks the royal brides dared to buy off the rack or design themselves.
Having eloped in a simple, ivory day dress, I never wore a fancy wedding gown or had a fanfare wedding. I tell myself it was my practicality and thrift, but in retrospect, I know I was deeply ambivalent and ashamed, and felt unworthy of the pomp.
My Eternal Bridegroom, The God of all Things, says otherwise--and always has.
I am, you are, we are His Beloved, His Bride for whom He gave everything and even now, bestows untold treasures if we'll just receive them!
One of the brides pictured in that fashion feature went on to be married five times. Maybe that first royal bridegroom wasn't quite the prince he seemed to be. Or maybe the bride expected more of her mortal groom than he was ever designed to provide.
Not so with Jesus.
In Christ, I am the perfect royal bride. So are you.
What's more, His love is perfect and unfailing.
Thank you, Jesus, for loving me so much and clothing me in the snow white gown of perfection.
Remember: God loves you no matter what.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Grace & Peace,