Jill is Married!
As I mentioned earlier, I had the great privilege of attending a dear friend’s wedding just a week before Christmas. I first met Jill in June 2003. We spent that summer traveling around the midwest with On Goal Soccer Camps, teaching kids about Jesus and how to be better soccer players. In the fall, Jill started her freshman year at Cedarville University where I was a junior and we played together on the soccer team. We also lived in the same dorm that year (holla Faith Hall!).
It has been my immense pleasure to watch Jill grow as a person and in her faith and love of God through the intervening years. She’s hasn’t always had an easy road in life, and yet she remains an example to me of what it means to place one’s trust fully in Christ and his provisions.
When I started to hear whispers of a man in her life, I knew it must be something serious and this guy must be something special. What I didn’t expect was that he would be a giant! (For reference, Jill is wearing 4-inch heels in the picture above.) It was great to finally meet the man my dear friend had fallen head over heels for.
My lower lip started trembling and the tears starting flowing as soon as I caught my first glimpse of her in that white gown. The tears were inevitable, but the emotion still managed to catch me a little by surprise.
I could tell they put a lot of time and thought into planning their ceremony. It was a beautiful display of the love of God, their love for each other, and God’s purposes in marriage.
After the service, they came back to dismiss the guests by rows. I did what everyone does while waiting their turn: I planned what I would say to the new Mr. and Mrs. Well, that went right out the window as all I managed was more tears, a big hug, and an apology for my blubbering! Fortunately, Jill understood and consoled me with the reminder that she cried at my wedding too. But that’s not the embarrassing part. I was so choked up, I totally ignored Bob, the groom! I didn’t even look at him. Oops. However, I was completely composed at the reception and got to meet him (and apologize for ignoring him earlier). Happy ending.