For my birthday this year, I received a very special book, His Princess Bride by Sheri Rose Shepherd. It has impacted me.
All believers, both men and women, are the Bride. It reminded me of something I had written and I decided to share it with you today.
The Bride and the Wife
A bride’s eyes sparkle with expectation and joy. She draws near her beloved and serves him with delight. She listens to him as he speaks. When they are separated, she anticipates his return. Every letter that he sends is treasured, read, re-read, and kept always. She sees to it that she is dressed in readiness for his return. Her home is always in order so that he will find her ready to greet him. Every moment is exciting and filled with hope and expectation. Being in his presence is joy-filled.. Each day with him is precious. They share secrets and talk together for hours without thought of time. She yearns for the day when they will be one. Her mind is longing for her wedding day and she is consumed with the preparations. Her expectation of fulfillment rises with each beat of her heart. He is her very life.
A wife, if she is not careful, will become weary. She has come to know him. There is familiarity in his presence. She no longer anticipates his return joyfully and has settled into routine and duty. The freshness of the first love fades. She serves him but forgets why. There are children and they have become the focus. She is no longer fascinated. His letters gather dust. The crying of a child is now her priority. When he is at home with her, she is content to know that he is in the house. They live parallel lives. Her hair is disheveled and her jeans and sweat shirt seem fitting. She has been too busy to shower and the lunch dishes are still on the counter. When he leaves, there are no long kisses and grief at parting. The duty has become more than the love.
This is why Jesus refers to us, both men and women, as his bride. This is who we are. We are beloved of our Lord and He longs for us with jealousy. He invites us to many adventures while loving others as He loves them. He wants our every breath to be filled with thoughts of Him and to respond to His love with preparation and anticipation of His soon return.