Thursday, September 5, 2013

10 Year Anniversary: Canaan Bound

10 years ago today all of my family and friends were assembling in Houston for my wedding. I asked my college mentor Brian Housman to coordinate and facilitate the service around the theme of faith and sacrifice. We chose the Abraham and Sarah story to be the channel for this theme. While a few people made fun of me for an Abrahamic wedding, Tammie and I thought it was perfect. I guess that's all that matters.

We chose Abraham and Sarah because their story is full of risk taking, doubt, mistakes, and supernatural intervention. I love the story because it is a raw look at humanity. It shows the beauty of humanity and the depravity. We talk about the story as though it was Abraham and Sarah who had great faith. And I guess they did. I mean, they left everything to follow Yahweh into the unknown. But it is God’s faithfulness that ultimately triumphs.

Towards the end of our ceremony we had my brother-in-law John play and sing Canaan Bound by Andrew Peterson (on a slide guitar). Since then, Tammie and I have made some huge leaps of faith. We have gone on many adventures together, the most recent being moving out to Seattle having only a part-time salary (here is a sermon where I share that story). I regularly listen to this song for hope and encouragement. I pray you find it to.

Come back in a couple of weeks to see some things I’ve learned about relationships and love since I’ve been married.