It is my privilege to welcome guest blogger Kathryn O’Neill. Kathy and I know one another from our local ACFW writing group here in Colorado Springs. I have read a number of Kathy’s devotions which have inspired and encouraged me. For any homeschooling readers, and really all others, I encourage you to check out her website for the amazing art lessons she provides.
Kathy knows that I welcome blogs that connect generations and preserve family memories. Her story of a traveling wedding veil will delight your hearts. And the timing is perfect as I know we may be hearing about June weddings. In fact, my own June anniversary is coming up soon. Speaking of traveling, I am offering a children’s book giveaway at the end of the blog about a little skirt that travels through three generations–keep reading!
A Wedding Veil for Three Generations
My mom secured the veil on my head, and I turned to look in the mirror. The veil framed my face in lace and flowed to the floor in graceful waves. I’d loved the dress and its beautiful veil as soon as I saw them, and now despite some nervousness, was ready to walk down the aisle to meet my smiling, but also nervous, bridegroom.
I’ve now had the blessing of helping adjust that same veil for my daughter and one of my granddaughters. Each time its beautiful lace has framed a happy, glowing face and flowed out behind them like in a fairy tale as they walk down the aisle to their waiting bridegrooms.
Traditions surround weddings—many are symbols with rich meanings, such as the rings that symbolize the vows the bride and groom make to love and honor and be faithful to each other.
The veil is another tradition with deep symbolism, pointing to the purity of the bride’s heart. Years ago the veil covered the bride’s face until the groom lifted it aside to kiss her after their vows, a beautiful symbol of their union and lifelong relationship of growing trust and love.
And the veil has even more profound significance, reminding us of the tearing of the veil from the Holy of Holies when Jesus died on the cross. It showed that through His death, we have union with Christ, and He has opened wide the way for us to God. As our relationship with Christ grows, we know we may run to Him in complete love and trust that He will hear us and know what’s best for us.
Marriage itself is an earthly picture of the loving relationship between Christ and His church. He is the bridegroom, and the church is His bride (Ephesians 5:25-32).
Many of us may soon attend or be part of a wedding, sharing in the joy of the bridal couple. And when we see the bridegroom waiting with a loving smile as his bride walks to meet him, dressed in white, with a flowing veil, may we be reminded of when Christ will return for His bride, the church. We will meet Him clothed in fine linen—the righteousness of Christ (Revelation 19:7-8). And there will be no more need of a veil, as we see Him face to face and join Him at the marriage Feast of the Lamb.
Kathy O’Neill is an art teacher, writer, and speaker, who has taught all ages in Christian schools, and church and homeschooling groups. She has written for a number of publications, including The Quiet Hour, Light from the Word, Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and Highlights. Kathy grew up in Maine and loves family, horses and dogs, and walking on the beach when storms send waves crashing against the rocks.
Visit her website and blog for activities and posts that will engage your children’s hearts and hands to discover God in art, history, and nature. There you’ll find free downloadable puzzles as well as drawing and coloring pages. You can find out about the many engaging workshops she loves to do for children or adults.
And you may wish to sign up for her quarterly newsletter with lots more activities. When you sign up, Kathy provides a free guide to help you make art museum visits a fun masterpiece for the whole family!
**What about you? Do you have any “traveling” clothes that have reached several generations? Please let me know! Open this blog in your browswer and scroll down below “Related Posts” to make a comment for Kathy. I am giving away one free copy of my children’s book, Talitha, the Traveling Skirt, a true story about a little skirt that has traveled in my family for more than 70 years! I will draw a name from commenters on my website and Facebook for a winner.**
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