Who is the Bride of Christ?

By Paddy Elkins

Valley Bugler Columnist

June… the month when we think about not only Dads & Grads, but Brides & Grooms and… well…WEDDINGS! That’s right. Lots of folks seem to tie the knot in June. School is over, summer has arrived, sunshine has returned and people are out of hibernation and ready to get back outside. And sometimes… to get married! To be a June bride is iconic: “Prettier than a June Bride” conjures up the thought of someone absolutely at their best, glowing with happiness on a cloudless, sunny day.

In the best marriages, the bride can rest in the love of her husband, and vice versa. Their life together is usually better than either life was alone, even when trials assail. They have each other and can help each other through whatever happens.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reminds us that “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him who is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a three-fold cord is not quickly broken.”

If you’ve never been a bride (or a groom), don’t panic. The Bible says in Revelation 21:9 & 17 “Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he… shewed me… they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

That’s you and me, my friend, if we have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord! He is husbanding us right now! We are the very bride of Christ and will someday sit with Him (as His BRIDE!) at the wedding feast of the Lamb! In Psalm 146:9 it says: “The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and the widow…” And in another verse, it says “He is a husband to the widow and a father to the orphan.” We belong to Him and He takes His responsibility to take care of us very seriously! Rest in that truth. The peace and comfort it brings you will bring you joy and may make you “Prettier than a June Bride!”

Paddy Elkins invites your feedback! You may Email her at:

paddyelkins@gmail.com

or call her at 360-751-5231.

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