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...and they lived happily ever after





Tonight we performed the wedding of John and Sophia at Clearwater Beach, at sunset.  It was a beautiful night.  The ceremony was very special, one of the most meaningful that Larry and I have ever had the pleasure of doing.  The wrote their own vows and I particularly loved what Sophia prepared for John:
I, Sofia, promise before God and these witnesses that I will enamor you with words of love daily, with passionate kisses and profound embraces. I will take care of your heart so that every heart beat will be one with mine. I will support you and encourage you my love, because your triumphs are my triumphs, your happiness is my happiness and your sadness my tears. Every morning you will have me nuzzled at your side to start each day, with the promise that our future is one and our love complete. I promise to love Jessie and Juan as if they where my own children and I will be with you to see them grow and become people of God. I love you John Torres with all my heart. I ask God to give me more than five decades to live our love!
Beautiful! 
We enjoyed a reception afterwards with traditional Spanish food (that was amazing!) and lots of fun dancing, everything from latin to the electric slide to the cupid shuffle, YMCA and more.  Most special was the time spent with close friends celebrating the beginning of this great union. 
 Both the bride and groom were so touched by the ceremony and immediately after, Sophia just hugged me tearfully and said, "Oh my God, a new life...a new life...a new start...this is AMAZING!"  Indeed.  


This is something that makes pastoring worth it all..seeing people like John come to the Lord and grow as He has in the past few years...can't remember how many it's been now, probably about four?  It seems like we've known him forever.  It's been a wonderful ride, and it's not over by any means.  The best is yet to come.  John is "the man" when it comes to media and has taken our church to a whole new level!!!  He has has grown by leaps and bounds and turned into an amazing man of God.  He deserves a woman like Sophia and we couldn't be happier!  God has amazing things in store, if this isn't already amazing enough. 
John and Sophia, we love you and will be here to support you in the years to come with all of our love, prayers and whatever else you need. 



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Ruth, PA said…
So very beautiful! (sniff, sniff)

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