A ring given as a promise is made, and what was two is now one.

And the young girl, whose dress is the color of innocence and whose dreams are tied up in bows makes her way forward with thoughts of one day. Those in silk and taffeta remember when they too were knee-high to a grasshopper and smile.

Old men wrap the arm, which is much thicker than on the day of vows, around the love that dabs her eyes with joy. Remember their time before family, friends and God, whispering in echo the vows being made.  Dreams of yesterday, and dreams of tomorrow dance in the twinkle of the eye.

Then the celebration beings, with wine and dancing, rejoicing and remembering, and somewhere in the crowd a young woman meets a young man and the cycle begins again.

How apropos for the first miracle, the first gift of redemption, to be given during the wedding celebration.  The wine given, created in pots set in place for purification.

Now, the water for purification becomes the wine of testimony,  created by obedience to the One with the authority to redeem, to purify, and to present the bride without spot or wrinkle.

As the two become one, the Word donning a robe of flesh, begins His work to become one with His bride.


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She has written for (in)courage, Allume, The High Calling, Deeper Waters, and Outside The City Gates. She is currently co-hosting podcasts for The Consilium, and creating her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named lil girl. As a retired Dental Hygienist, she enjoys capturing in photographs God’s artwork to share on her blog. She looks for images to give joy and cause you to ponder. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried Shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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