We had the truly distinct privilege of celebrating the marriage of two wonderful friends, Jody and Craig, on Saturday, July 26th. Jim and Craig have been friends for the better part of two decades, and Jim was honored to be one of Craig’s groomsmen. Craig was one of Jim’s groomsmen 16 years ago when we were married. Billy (Craig’s Best Man), Craig and Jim have a special bond of friendship and share a deep love for each other as brothers in Christ. Here are Jim, Craig and Billy at the rehearsal dinner Friday evening.
One thing so special about Jody and Craig’s blessed union of marriage is that it is a testimony of them individually and then together waiting on the Lord. Jody and Craig lived their single lives in such a way that served and honored the Lord. They prayerfully entered this relationship and followed God’s perfect leading.
As our treasure of a friend, Pastor Jeff Black, prayed at the reception, “Thank you God for Your perfect plan for Craig and Jody. It was a LONG plan.” Everyone chuckled at that part of Jeff’s prayer. Indeed, it was a LONG plan from our perspectives. You see, Jody is thirty-something and Craig is forty-something. However, this was God’s perfect timing. “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8
The heartfelt rejoicing and deep thankfulness to the Lord as we shared in the celebration of Jody and Craig’s marriage was so meaningful knowing that these two siblings in Christ did it right. They honored the Lord. They prayed. They waited. They obeyed. We honor them today, and we continue to rejoice in God’s goodness to them.
This wedding ceremony was truly special and meaningful because of the way Jody and Craig have lived their lives before the Lord. And the reception was beyond fun! Hearty laughs were had by all. It was a joy to spend time with old friends, nourish relationships with long-time friends, and make some new friends, too. Jim and I enjoyed a few dances together, which was delightful. The day went much too quickly…after waiting all this time! Here are a few photographic memories. Enjoy!
Craig and Jody, we rejoice with you in God’s goodness, faithfulness and provision. We will continually lift you up to Him in prayer. You have blessed many and been a witness of His truth to more! May He continue to bless you richly. We love you!