Like many of you, most days I find myself surfing the web for one thing or another. A couple days ago I was doing just that when I stumbled across a video that drew my interest. The video was about a bride, a groom, and a wedding.
Normally, I may not have given it a second look, but I recognized the bride’s name. I immediately realized I had performed her wedding (I’m so quick witted and all). So, I clicked on it to see if I had been made a star (I’m still looking for my fifteen minutes of fame).
As it turns out, I only made a cameo appearance in the video. Despite the fact that the bride was the center of attention (instead of the preacher), I not only found the video to be well done, it sincerely moved me.
“It struck me deeply…”
I think one of the reasons it struck me so deeply is that it stands in stark contrast to so much of what we see around us on a daily basis. The songs used as a soundtrack were worth the viewing (and listening) alone. But coupled with the footage of the bride’s preparation, the couples’ messages to each other, the ceremony, and the following celebration, the entire production was splendid.
I had performed this wedding a little over a year ago. Since then, I have officiated at almost twenty wedding ceremonies. Still, I remembered this one clearly (which is not always the case). It stood out in my mind because the venue was an open field in the country. The guys wore jeans and vests (and I got to wear jeans and my cowboy boots). Gotta love me a ceremony like that! I don’t mind putting on a tux, but I’m a ridge runner at heart.
The video took me back to that day in a rush of emotions. A year ago, my thoughts were to provide a simple but meaningful ceremony. The short film gave me a perspective I was not privy to on that day. I seldom get a real glimpse into the things, people, and circumstances that go into a day like that. My role is a small one. I pop in, do my thing, and I’m gone. That made the video even more exceptional for me.
“…a breath of fresh air.”
That video made my day. Actually, I think it may have made my week. I guess I’m just an old softie, but it was a highlight for me. I get a little tired of seeing the nastiness of social media and the way people verbally destroy each other. This video was a breath of fresh air.
As I read the Gospels, the bottom line for Jesus seemed to be one of love. Love God, and love your neighbor. We don’t seem to be very good at that in our society. I urge you to take a few minutes out and enjoy a small celebration of life the way it should be lived. Watch An American Honey Weds.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently the pastor of Smith Chapel, in Great Falls, VA.]