Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Answered Prayers

Mitch and I lead a Young Couples Small Group/Bible Study through our church. Our group consists of 8 couples, 1 single mom, and 4 kids (with one more due in December). We meet on Monday evenings for dinner and then Bible study. One of our couples has been together for seven years and they have a 3 year old son. They joined our group just under a year ago, around the time Ella was born. They moved out here from Michigan and are HUGE U of M fans so we really connected with them. They were not, however, married.

This has weighed heavily on the hearts of our group members and about 2 months ago a number of us began to pray in earnest for this couple to marry.

Yesterday afternoon at about 3:30 PM Mitch got a phone call from this couple -- they were getting married at 7:30 PM at a chapel on the strip and they wanted anyone who wanted to be there to come! Let me tell you, our group is awesome! Not only were the majority of us there, but another couple managed to get decorations and a cake for a reception back at their house (dinner was ready because we always eat together on Mondays, we just postponed it a bit).

I still can't stop crying! I'm not sure if it is the awesome way that God answered our prayers or just plain happiness for this family or both! It was the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to. It was two people whom God had brought together standing before Him, friends, and family (the groom's mother was in town) and honoring the sanctity of marriage. There was absolutely nothing fancy about it and it probably cost about $200. It is a wedding I will never, ever forget.

The people who run our city of Las Vegas have marketed the phrase "What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas". Our church has turned that in to "What happens in Vegas, Changes the World!" Last night in a chapel on the Las Vegas strip, God changed the lives of this family and we are so very blessed to have been a part of it.

(P.S. I have about 100 photos, but because I don't want to make this couple uncomfortable I only posted some of us and the chapel. The wedding was held here if you want to see a cute place to get married!)

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