Thursday, April 14, 2011

Forget the Bunny

This article originally appeared in my Coordinator's Column for the MOPS Pitter Patter newsletter in April 2000. With Resurrection Sunday right around the corner, it seemed timely again.

Easter is a time of very special memories for me. I am not talking about Easter bunnies, hats, parades or even baskets full of chocolate, but rather much more romantic moments. My husband, Paul, chose Easter Sunday as the day he would propose to me. He came to pick me up for church, dressed in his wool suit, carrying a full vase of lilies and a brown envelope.

The note on the lilies was a quote from Song of Solomon: “Like a lily among the thorns is my darling above the maidens.”

The envelope contained his written proposal:

Colleen Copley
You are reverent,
virtuous, wise, loving,
patient, fun, creative, understanding,
most beautiful, highly desirable and very special!
I love you dearly
and I would like to spend the rest of my life with you.
Will you marry me?
Paul Berry

He chose the day for its significance in our lives as believers in Christ. What better day to profess his love to me, than the anniversary of God’s profession of His love to the world?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16

I have said yes to both of these proposals. These were the two best decisions of my life. It is true, both have meant sacrifice -- I can’t always have things my way anymore. But, both have brought me life, love, and peace.

Some of you may still be waiting to answer the proposal before you, still deciding – don’t delay any longer. God is waiting for you to turn to Him and say, “Yes, I love you for You have loved me with an everlasting love. And I will in turn love
you with my whole heart, spirit and mind.”

1 comment:

  1. What a gift of writing you have Colleen! I love the picture of Jesus wooing His bride like Paul wooed you :-)

    Way to go Paul!!!!