Friday, November 14, 2008

unity cermonies (part two) In addition to the sand ceremony, we also choose to do a "cord of three strands ceremony" too. I have no idea how I found this, but I do know I found it while surfing for ceremony ideas, and that I ended up here, which is a site that explains the idea and sells the cords. This was probably the last thing we added to the ceremony. Lawrance loved the idea. It was also something that we could easily do in both the American and Taiwanese ceremony, and something we could frame and keep for a long time. I braided the three cords while Lawrance held them, and then he tied the end of the braid together with a small wire when I was done braiding. Here is what we put in the program to explain the symbolization of this unity ceremony: Ecclesiastes 4:12 illustrates the importance of Christian companionship. Two Christians that are bound together in Christ are stronger than the individuals themselves. We believe that Christian marriage is about more than the union of one man and one woman. The Bible teaches us that God performs a miracle in our marriage, uniting us together in a covenant relationship with Him as one. The Cord of Three Strands is a symbol of that sacred union created today. The gold strand symbolizes that we have invited our Lord Jesus Christ to the position of authority in our marriage relationship. The purple strand represents the groom. It illustrates the majesty of God as head over the husband. As Lawrance submits himself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will hold the marriage together through him. The white strand represents the bride. It illustrates the purity of the bride of Christ. As we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord, we are cleansed through Christ. (Some of this wording came from the site where we got the cords.) Here is also what my dad said before we started to tie the cords: Lawrance and Amanda have also chosen to braid three strands together into a single cord. A "threefold cord" is a symbol of union. Where two are closely joined in love and fellowship, Christ will, by his Spirit, come to them, creating a threefold cord. In braiding these three strands together, Lawrance and Amanda are demonstrating that their marriage is more than a joining of two lives together. It is a unity with God as well. They are choosing to allow God to be at the center of their marriage, woven into every aspect of it. As I started braiding the cord, Lawrance told me I was going too fast and needed to slow down. So, I slowed down a lot just to tease him. Well, apparently to some of our guests the exaggerated movements I made as I slowed down seemed to them that I was flirting with my groom during the ceremony. That wasn't the case . . . but we both did laugh at my silliness...

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