Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just Say "YES!"

A few weeks ago our granddaughter got engaged and is now planning a late February 2015 barn wedding. For those new to the idea of a barn wedding, your mind may be visualizing animals roaming the dance floor or some other stereotypes associated with farm life. The barn that our granddaughter and her future husband are using is brand new, never saw an animal except the human party-types, and was built as a wedding venue.

The future groom’s actual proposal was fun and captured on video. The future bride and groom invited both sets of parents out to an Italian restaurant for dinner. After the meal was completed and coffee was poured, the young man turned to the father of his intended wife and asked his permission to marry his daughter. He did not even formally propose yet and tears started flowing.

He then got down on one knee and proposed marriage to our granddaughter. That’s when the customers in the restaurant began to clap in unison and chant, “Just say yes!” Over and over, they chanted. Talk about pressure to say “YES.” The proposal turned into a group event.

Our granddaughter and her future husband are in love with each other, so saying “Yes” was never in contention.

Actually Jesus Christ offers his love for us because his desire for each of us is to establish a permanent union between him and individuals ready to make a commitment. He’s waiting for us to say “Yes”.

Ephesians 28 reminds us “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” Just say “Yes” to that gift.

Hebrews 11:6 – “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Just say “Yes!”

James 4:8a – “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” Just say “Yes” and draw close to him.

Hebrews 12:1-2 _ “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

Robert Parlante
August 2014

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