To the members of Faith: The big, exciting news is that our float in the Fall Fest parade last Saturday won the award for "best use of theme." Way to go, Faith! This Sunday we'll focus on marriage, using Genesis 2:18-25. And in ABC we'll definitely finish up "Spiritual Day-Timer." Until then continue praying, "Let Your holy angel be with me."
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Gen. 2:24).
A man shall father, mother leave
And to his wife alone shall cleave,
And now the two one flesh shall be--
All this in love and purity.
So soon was marriage marred by sin!
Now each one's love is turned within
Till Cana's Christ comes to restore
The blessing as it was before!
New love, new joy, new peace, new life:
His wedding gifts to man and wife
And to us all for whom He died
To have us always as His bride!
I originally wrote this hymn for my niece's wedding. It is based on Genesis 2:24, of which stanza 1 is a paraphrase. The key to the hymn is its use of the word "love" three different times: love before sin (st. 1), love after sin (st. 2), and new love in Christ (st. 3). And the heart of the hymn is "Cana's Christ comes," a rich reference to the Incarnation, the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11), and the desire of Christ to be invited to each wedding and into every marriage.
To listen to the hymn sung by a soloist, go to www.oyeoflittlefaith.org. Click "Music at Gloria Dei" and then "new hymns."