Originally scheduled for March 28
To the best of my research, the Scripture
nowhere includes a command to celebrate your wedding anniversary. It
is not prohibited, of course. It seems that God determined that it
would just be natural for us to do such celebrating and left it to
us to arrange the details. So when you plan your wedding anniversary
dinner, you don’t plan to go to an ordinary coffee shop. You plan to
go to a nice restaurant. You allow plenty of time as you will not be
in a hurry. What do you have when you do that?
You have a night of memories. Your
author remembers the fact that his wife was an hour late to our
wedding — and well worth the wait.
You have a night for expressions of
love. Wedding anniversary gifts, for example, do not ordinarily
include a vacuum cleaner. Jewelry speaks love more fluently.
You have a night for the renewal of
promises. You remember what you promised her then and try to find a
new way to repeat it.
We may consider the matter also from the point
of view of the church. You will recall, of course, that the church
is described as the bride of Christ. In the book of Revelation, we
see the preparations made for the great wedding feast between the
Lamb of God and His bride. A good deal of our doctrine about
marriage comes from this description.
The practical side of the bride of Christ is
that it’s an example to us in our own marriages. The primary passage
for this is Ephesians 5:22-32. This passage is much debated these
days. But surely we can extract from it the fact that Christ gave
his life — the maximum expression of love – for his bride, the
church. The church is you and me. So we have the opportunity to
commemorate his love for us, just as we would remember our wedding
We have a spiritual wedding between Christ and
his church. Perhaps it would surprise you to think of it this way,
but we also have a reminder meal. That’s communion. Like our
anniversary dinners, it is not an ordinary meal — we don’t celebrate
communion with a potluck dinner. Rather, the meal is highly symbolic
[even if you believe in transubstantiation]. It is a time to
remember what Christ has done for you. In reply it is a time when
you can express your love for Christ. We do this by renewing the
promises we made when we first came to him. Consider these things.
Have you confessed your sins to him? Have you done your best to
repent of these sins? Did that include any restitution which you
could make? Perhaps more important, did it include reconciliation
with your Christian brother or sister? Consider these things well,
and then partake in a worthy manner.