Faith, Hope, and Love

Things have been humming along with wedding planning. We’ve been researching and booking the last of our vendors, designing our save the dates and invitations, and even eating some cake (our dessert bar is going to be to die for). Another thing that we’ve had the pleasure of beginning is our premarital counseling with our officiant.

Pastor Mark Fuller, the head pastor at Trinity Presbyterian in Plymouth, has graciously agreed to marry us next year. I am incredibly happy that he will be our officiant, because he is a great speaker and just an all-around nice, friendly, down-to-earth guy. I have always envisioned our ceremony as fun, lighthearted, slightly entertaining… Pastor Fuller is definitely the guy to lead such an event. I know that the time the three of us spend together over the next few months will give him plenty of “material” to crack a few jokes during the ceremony (which I hope he will!).

We’re scheduled to do 6 to 8 sessions with Pastor Fuller, and our first session mostly focused on him getting to know us, and doing a quick review of the couple’s assessment we each filled out before the meeting (spoiler alert: we are very compatible).

Near the end of the session, Pastor Fuller had us read a passage from the bible, the wedding regular, Corinthians 13. I would never claim to be a bible buff – I just bought my first bible earlier this year — but I had heard Corinthians 13 at weddings, in movies, etc. For those of you that need a reminder, here are the verses Pastor Fuller read aloud for us (and I know that bible stuff isn’t for everyone, so feel free to skip over this part if it’s not your thing):

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Up until this point, I stayed pretty dry-eyed, which is an accomplishment for me (Mr. Plane even joked about the fact that he couldn’t believe I hadn’t shed a tear through the majority of the session). But as soon as we started studying these verses, it kind of hit me: this is why we are here. This is why we are getting married. It has nothing to do with the dress, the flowers, the chair covers. It’s about love.

Then the waterworks turned on.

Luckily Pastor Fuller has had plenty of experience with blubbering brides, and we wrapped things up shortly after this. But these verses, especially the final one, struck a pleasantly emotional chord in me.

Photo by Penny Wong, via her Flickr page

I have been pinning and saving quotes that I may try to use, somehow, in the wedding. I’m not much for woodworking, but I am loving this quote board.

Created and photographed by Janet Grubb and (formerly) sold in her Etsy shop, IHEARTMyGlueGun

Perhaps this isn’t the last you’ll see of Corinthians 13 in the Airplane wedding!

Did you do any pre-marital counseling? Are there any verses that inspired you during your planning process?

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