Aug30FriAugust 30, 2019
On Sunday August 4th we celebrated the wedding of our first born son Jordan to his beautiful bride Katelyn at Whispering Springs in Grafton, ON
For me personally, it was such an honor to pray over them the high priestly blessing at their ceremony.
The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you
The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor],
And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness];
The Lord lift up His face upon you [with divine approval],
And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].
Numbers 6:24-26 AMP
and the Ninaber family blessing, the verse as chosen by my dad,
The Lord is good, He is a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him
It has been really fascinating that during this very special time in our family's life, I have been also
reading discipleship on the Edge by Darryl W. Johnson, a really great expository study on the book of Revelation. Revelation has a lot to say about the bride of Christ!
The call the discipleship is a call to intimacy and simplicity. He challenges us men who are married to remember when we were engaged. For me, the only thing that mattered was being with Sharon! In fact I went so far as to make sure we had matching outfits when we were out on dates lol.
The challenge for us is to learn what it means just to be with the Lord! The message of Revelation is the call to loyalty and fidelity. It is that desire to always be ready for the Lord in my house. I do not want to be found with anything that outweighs my love for him. Darryl Johnson takes it a step further when he says "we do not want to be found in bed with another lover!" When we talk about the purity of the bride of Christ, we need to recognize that His desire for us is profoundly relational. Jesus wants lovers who enjoy His presence.
For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean,was given her to wear.”
As I reflected on this it really struck me. I wrote to the Lord, "teach me to dwell in your presence to taste and see that you are so good!". as I listen to the Lord I sensed Him saying to me, "Jack, my son, keep seeking, keep knocking, keep pressing in. I will be found by you. dwell richly in my love, my provision, my goodness, I AM your rock, your fortress, I AM your dwelling place!
and my response...
clothe me once again in your righteousness, your strength, your joy, your truth!