That's the hand of my oldest daughter, Lauren, who yesterday accepted a marriage proposal from one Mr. Dean Herberts of Collinsville, Illinois, studying to be a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Date is not set yet for certain, but thinking about next summer. I told Lauren that we would have competing "dresses" on when I walked her down the aisle. How on earth does a pastor DO that? I'll have to ask around. They are talking about the wedding taking place within the Divine Service. I wonder if they'll have this hymn at the wedding?
Gracious Savior, grant Your blessing
To this husband and this wife,
That in peace they live together
In Your love throughout their life.
Christ, defend them from the tempter
And from all that would destroy
Love's foundation You have laid here
And its threshold paved with joy.
Lord, if You are not the builder,
Then the house is built in vain,
For a home without Your presence
Shall without true love remain.
Yet when You within a marriage
Come and dwell with grace divine,
There You fill the empty vessels,
Changing water into wine.
Make their love a living picture
Showing how You loved Your bride:
When You gave Yourself to cleanse her,
When for her You bled and died.
Jesus, You have made her holy,
Pure and fair her radiant train:
To Yourself, Your Church presenting,
Without wrinkle, spot, or stain.
--Stephen Starke, LSB #860