My son and his fiancée were determined to have a secular wedding ceremony in Las Vegas. The phrase that kept going through my mind was, "Bidden or not bidden, God is present." God is with us whether we realize it or not. And of course we kept praying for them.
They are a wonderful couple who are very good for each other. We are thrilled to have Marisa in our family.
The setting was beautiful: an outdoor patio area with plants around. It was evening and there was a nice breeze.
The groom's father and best man told us that when they met with the minister (yes, minister, not justice of the peace) they found out he's a Lutheran minister. Hmm, isn't that interesting?
The ceremony used the traditional vows. The minister spoke seriously to Christian and Marisa, charging them that they were in this for the long haul...as long as they lived. He did not use the word God, but certainly gave them godly counsel in the ceremony.
God was there...bidden or not bidden. God was there through several believers God's people and by the power of the Holy Spirit. God is God and we are not. We give thanks for that.