Good Folks, it is the first Friday in March. Only 29 days until Easter-Day of Resurrection. We will have a sunrise service (7AM-in front of Harmony Hall parking lot-Main Street) and a 10:30AM service in the sanctuary with lots of special music. It will be a time for families to gather, friendships to be renewed and new memories made. FYI: Sunday, March 11, Daylight Savings Time arrives again (Spring Forward).
This past weekend, I had the honor to officiate at the wedding of a cousin in Houston. It was a grand family occasion. However, the ceremony brought together two major faiths: Christianity and Jewish traditions. Allow me to share my script said at the end of the ceremony:
[We conclude this ceremony with the breaking of the glass. It is a joyous ceremony. There are many different explanations for the breaking of the glass. Today, the fragility of the glass suggests the frailty of human relationships. The glass is broken to protect this marriage with the implied prayer…
May your bond of love be as difficult to break as it would be to put together the pieces of this glass.
After the groom breaks the glass, I invite everyone to shout the Hebrew words “Mazel Tov,” which means “good luck” and “congratulations.”]
This is my first “Mazel Tov” moment. When I prepped the folks about when to shout these seemingly timeless words, there was such an electricity of anticipation. And all shouted in unison and celebration.
The words read: Today, the fragility of the glass suggests the frailty of human relationships. Then the blessing is read: May your bond of love be as difficult to break as it would be to put together the pieces of this glass.
Warren (the Groom) stomped on the glass with his whole body. The glass was shattered into seemingly pieces of dust. He and Lauren, his bride, wanted the glass to be pulverized…
We are all in relationships at so many different levels. We make promises that we keep and we struggle to keep. Some have defaulted on loans. Others have been unfaithful in the marriage vows. I have great hope for this couple as they begin a new season in their life as husband and wife.
The pulverized glass, the wedding vows exchanged, the rings given, the love and support of family and friends, and their desire to be committed to commitment should win the day. Every day.
May you have a “Mazel Tov” moment in your life. Go ahead, celebrate! Risk loving. God does.
Blessings from Duncanville,