It’s been at least 14 years ago. I remember being at Aunt Nancy’s house and noticing an empty frame on the table that held family pictures. Why would you have an empty frame in the midst of pictures of children, grandchildren and other family members?
Then I noticed a sign on the frame that indicated that this frame would one day hold the picture of the child that her daughter (my cousin), Jennifer, would adopt. Aunt Nancy didn’t know the child’s name, yet she hoped and believed that one day she would see the face of the child for whom she prayed. One day she would know his or her name.
And indeed, one day Jennifer flew to Guatemala and welcomed her baby Joshua into her arms. Soon Aunt Nancy would have a picture for that empty frame.
I too have been praying for someone for a very long time. I didn’t have an empty frame in our house. I didn’t know her name. I just prayed for the person who might one day be my daughter-in-law. And now I know her name: Angel.
On Saturday, November 9, Will and Angel will stand before God, family and friends and commit their lives to one another in the covenant of holy marriage.
Angel came into our lives about this time of the year 2 years ago. Well, she came into Will’s life a few months earlier, but he didn’t tell us. When I found out that he was dating someone, I tried to get a name from him . . . a little information. But, in true Will Archer style, I got nothing. (He can keep a secret like no other.) When I asked him to tell me about her, he said “No, Mom. I know you. You will google her!” True.
Then we were invited to a friend’s wedding and Will invited Angel to go with him. “Ok, Will, you can’t introduce the “world” to Angel, and I haven’t met her!” So, he granted my plea and we met the “mystery woman” for dinner at the Longhorn Steakhouse. We could see that Will was smitten and very quickly so were Noah and I.
I give thanks for the love that I see between Angel and Will . . . for the looks of love and care between them . . . for the laughter, for the joy and most of all, for the abiding faith in Jesus that the two of them share. I’ve married many couples in 21 years of ordained ministry and my consistent word in premarital counseling is the power of Jesus’ presence in marriages. My prayer is that Will and Angel will always know the power of God’s love and strength during the good times and the not-so-good times.
Today I know the name of the one for whom I’ve prayed: Angel. She is a beautiful woman of God who loves our son and is deeply loved by him and by Noah and me.
Thanks be to God!
Oh, by the way, Angel’s photo is framed along with all of the other family members.
“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.” – Psalm 139:13-16