Two weddings and a child’s dedication on consecutive days will take some beating.
It was staggering to see Stuart and Simone say their vows. Staggering that Stuart has found the joy of companionship he thought he would never find. The privilege of being part of his journey will never leave me. Three years ago I was visiting him in HMP Wandsworth. Three years ago he was on suicide watch in not the nicest of London prisons. It was moving to hear him, see him and be with him.
Then there was Merv and Sheila. An older couple. Childhood sweethearts that moved away. Merv a few years back found himself on the streets. A failed marriage. Nervous breakdown contributed to nowhere to go. He found himself in a local SA hostel. He found his way to worship with us. A constant support was his re-found friend Sheila. Four years later they are both very much a part of our family. His journey has involved us. We've been there in the pain, frustration, anguish and now joy. He has re-etablished, re-built. His journey has been one of restoration. It was moving being part of their vows.
Juliette is the beautiful youngest daughter of two of the most wonderful people. Immanual and Margaret Iwuamadi. Nigerian garb livened our drab western wear. It was beautiful to be part of the simple Salvation Army child dedication service. It was beautiful to see our diversity become more diverse as we celebrated and gave thanks for the blessing that this child has become for the Iwuamadi’s. Did I mention the food? There are some major benefits belonging to a multi-cultural family!
This weekend has been one not to forget for our church. We certainly did family…!