I want to begin by acknowledging that I normally make some quip or another about some special day in the month relating to the newsletter. I could make a reference to “Hug your cat day” (the 4th) but in our home, my cat feels that applies to every day and makes sure I don’t forget it. I do like that “National splurge day” (the 18th) follows “Father’s Day” (16th) since it may justify combining two special days to splurge on a new leaf blower (that’s a hint for my bride). Speaking of brides, June is also known as famous for weddings. When we think of weddings, our minds turn to vows of love, the Rockwellian image of a groom kissing his bride under an arch, and a bride aw- ing those in attendance with the radiant beauty of her dress. Of course, there are other realities to weddings that are not as tender. There is the father of the bride that while glowing with pride at the beauty of his daughter, is aching from the surgery of having a kidney removed so he could sell it in order to afford paying for the wedding. There are the bride’s maids who for some draconian tradition are normally required to wear dresses that only par- ticipants in a Mardi gras parade could love. Then there is that June monster that sometimes shows up and make some of us pray that Jesus comes back and puts a stop to her madness. You know who I am referring to, its BRIDEZILLA! Able to detect a flaw in the flower arrangement from across the room; devourer of wedding pho- tographers; impossible to please; and destroyer of friendships. Bridezillas behave in an ugly way. Not only ugly, but pug-ugly (no offense to pugs).
In Revelation 19:7 we read [Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride had made herself ready](ESV) Other texts such as in the fifth chapter of Ephesians and the eleventh chapter of 2 Corinthians allude to the image of the church as the bride of Christ. We, His bride, are destined for a wedding day with the King of kings and the Lord of lords. As we prepare for that day, we can work on being the kind of bride that will awe those who know us with the beauty of our words, the charity of our works, and the testimony of a godly heart. Or we can be a bridezilla; judgmental, uncharitable, and causing everyone who comes in contact with us to run the other way. Sometimes a bridezilla is only a good friend away from once again being a lovely bride. A friend that will help her, in a gentle loving way, to see the inappropriate- ness of her behavior. We all need a friend like that because it is very easy to go from bride to bridezilla. We need to be that friend to each other.
This month, if we see each other acting in a way that compromises a loving testimony for Christ, just lean over and whisper “bridezilla”. If someone whispers that to us, let’s not get offended but recognize that it is a friend who cares enough to want us to look our best for Christ.
Have a blessed, bridezilla-free June.
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