It was three months before my wedding and I was visiting my father in Hawaii. Because of a medical condition, he was unable to attend our wedding and he wanted to bestow upon us a special wedding present. He excitedly handed me a cassette tape.
I was intrigued. “What is this, a collection of love songs?”
“You must promise me that you will not listen to this until your wedding reception!”
“You must promise! Not until the reception.”
My dad was a prankster and I was genuinely concerned that he recorded something embarrassing. “Dad, I need to know what this is! If it is something offensive…”
“Son!” My father interrupted me. “Just promise me you will not listen to it until you play it at your reception.”
“I promise, Dad!” I clearly had no options but to be the obedient and dutiful son.
On my wedding day, there was an undercurrent of anxiety as my wife and I entered the hotel ballroom for our reception. I thanked our wedding party and our guests and with a great deal of trepidation, I signaled to the DJ to play the cassette tape. To my horror, the sound of a toilet flushing, not once, but twice, echoed throughout the reception hall and welcomed the audience. My father began his narration. “The sound you are hearing is the waves crashing on the beach at Waikiki! Congratulations on your marriage! I’m sorry I could not be there but here is my wedding gift to both of you.” And then, in the most memorable moment of the reception, my father proceeded to play the ukulele and sing, “The Hawaiian Wedding Song.” His beautiful voice filled the room and tissue paper was in very short supply!
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (ESV)
My father could not physically be at our wedding but his loving and thoughtful gift assured us that his presence would be felt. God, our heavenly Father is like this as well. His physical presence is not present with us but He once walked the earth as a Man, witnessed by thousands of people. God’s gift is salvation and everlasting life through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. His gift and His presence will always be felt if we confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Months later, my wife and I saw my father face to face and shared a warm embrace, thankful for the gift he gave to us. Someday, in Heaven, all believers in Jesus Christ will meet their Lord and Savior and be able to thank Him for sacrificing His life for our behalf.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.