Twenty Fifth Anniversary Sand Ceremony June 16, 2007

Twenty Fifth Anniversary Sand Ceremony June 16, 2007

Today, this renewal ceremony will be symbolized through the pouring of seven individual colors of sand, representing the past 25 years and the future ahead. All that we were, all that we are, and all that we will be.

“Although we have shared one life, we have never forgotten that we are two separate people. We affirm our differences as we have loved each other, keeping our commitment primary. In the last twenty five years, we have shared and grown, sometimes separately but always together. “

White Sand- This layer is the foundation that represents the purity of God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit. Poured by : Pastor Guy Whatley

Ephesians 1:4
According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:

Emerald Sand- This layer represents long life on earth and through eternity.

Poured by : Alina Homer

Ecclesiastes 3:11
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Lavender Sand- This layer represents eternal peace. Poured by : Michael Olsen

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Raspberry Sand – This layer represents joy and laughter. Poured by : Terry Waibel

John 15:11
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Grape Sand –This layer represents unity. Poured by : Merilee Stewart

Ephesians 4:13
This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Silver Sand – This combined layer represents our past 25 years together.

Poured by : Richard & Eudora Olsen Psalm 66:10
You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver.

Gold Sand- This last layer added to the vase represents the rest of our years, sealed by the pure grace of God.

Poured by : Tracy Nachand

1 Peter 1:7
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

Raspberry Sand – This layer represents joy and laughter. Poured by : Terry Waibel

John 15:11
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Grape Sand –This layer represents unity.

Poured by : Merilee Stewart

Ephesians 4:13
This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Silver Sand – This combined layer represents our past 25 years together.

Poured by : Richard & Eudora Olsen

Psalm 66:10
You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver.

Gold Sand- This last layer added to the vase

represents the rest of our years, sealed by the pure grace of God.

Poured by : Tracy Nachand

1 Peter 1:7
That the trial of your faith, being much more

precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

There is something unique about weddings. It’s not a man made invention. It’s not a man made tradition that we came up with. It’s something that was ordained by God Himself as He saw the need for man and woman to come together and you know, we live in a time when marriage is not looked upon highly. In fact, as many Christians divorce as non Christians. And so as we gather here today, I think , that it’s important that we celebrate a marriage that has endured the test of time, that has gone through the ups and the downs, the trial, the tribulations.

Marriage is not easy. It’s hard work. Nobody said it was easy going in. Most of us ‘thought’ it would be easy going in. But there is no easy marriage. It’s difficult, It’s tuff, there are ups and downs. Love is not an emotion. It is a commitment to one another. If it was an emotion, we’d last about six months and that’d be the end of it. But it’s not, it’s a commitment that you are going to endure no matter what comes down the road. And as we celebrate here today with Richard and Eudora , we need to remember that and to focus on that and as we think about what marriage is in our world today in America today, it has little or no value outside of the church. The world tries to re-define it in as many ways as it can. They open it up to whom ever they may choose, you know and unfortunately many churches go down that same path to where they open up marriage out side of the intended covenant that God had between a man and a woman.

You know it’s interesting that Eudora chose an Aaronic Blessing to commemorate this event because you know the Hebrews took marriage very seriously and it was more than just an event. It was a recognition of a covenant that they were entering in too between husband and wife and God. And I don’t know if you are familiar with their traditions but on the wedding night the husband would bring out the sheet and they would celebrate. Not the fact that it was consummated but they would celebrate the blood covenant that had been made between man and between woman and between God.

And as we look at that reality of what they saw marriage to be, it could be between no other but man and a woman. It’s set up that way by God for a purpose. That purpose is a picture of what we call the Trinity. The Trinity is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. And as we look at marriage, it is a picture of that Trinity, that perfect union between man and woman and God.

You know if you read scripture, marriage was instituted in Genesis chapter two at the end of the chapter. Now for those of you who are Bible scholars, you will recognize instantly that that’s before Genesis chapter three and the fall. You see God had a plan for marriage to be perfect. For husband and wife to live in perfect unity with Himself through covenant. But due to sin, that changed things. And now, over six thousand years later, here we sit with the state of marriage that we’re in.

So as we gather here today, on a day where we don’t celebrate a new union, but we rejoice in twenty five years of committed marriage with the ups and the downs and a renewal that’s about to take place. A commitment to the next twenty five, fifty, how ever long God would call them to live on this Earth, until the Lord Jesus calls us home.

It’s an eternal commitment. It’s a lifetime commitment. God doesn’t look at it any other way. That’s why scripture says, God hates divorce. He hates divorce for a reason because He set up the covenant and he doesn’t like covenants to be broken.

And so as we gather here today and we rejoice in a covenant that has not been broken, in a covenant that is in fact going to be renewed, we need to treasure that in our society. We need to lift it up and celebrate it as we often do and remember that it is in God’s eyes, as we stand here today. And as today, as I stand before you, Richard and Eudora I have a couple of questions, just one or two… For twenty five years, these two rings here, have been a visible reminder. An outward presence of the invisible and the inward grace of two united hearts that came together in covenant community back in May 14th of 1982.

They are the symbol of the un-ending love , that’s why rings are a circle because there is no beginning and no-end and that’s the way our love for one another should be. And that’s why twenty five years has been a testimony for you two. And so over the years, these rings have symbolized the consistency of your love for each other and today, today you give these rings, once again to each other . To renew the spirit of the love that on that day , if you remember back on that day when these rings were first given. And so today I give you these rings so that you can renew that fellowship, that covenant, that love, and that friendship.

Richard, this ring is still a sign of my love and faithfulness.

Eudora, this ring is still a sign of my love and faithfulness, from now till eternity.

Richard, You may kiss your bride.

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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