My family and I attended the wedding of Pat and Laura on Saturday, October 18, ’08. Patrick is my Mother, Ada Patrick’s, grandson just as she is grandmother of my two sons and other sons and daughters. When Patrick walked out and stood on the platform I was standing on the balcony just above him and facing him and the ocean. I could see the ocean through windows and doors. I looked out the screen door to the ocean and I saw my Mother with a cloud of heavenly witnesses that I knew were related to Patrick and Laura joining us from the balcony of heaven. I had an epiphany moment! I was overwhelmed with joy. As the bride, Laura, approached the altar I felt the saints move closer. Then the minister opened with the scripture from Hebrews 12:1 “…we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.”
Look and listen to a portion of this ceremony video captured by my daughter-in-law, Tammy, of the minister confirming to this lovely couple the blessings of knowing those that have gone before us were looking upon them with grace, mercy and love to support them in this union. I had whispered to my son, Jonathan, just before the minister spoke that I saw their Grandmother with the cloud of witnesses joining us. What a blessing to all!
Our Blessings of Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) to Laura and Pat….” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.