A New Chapter

The starched pillows rested behind us against the stiff hotel headboard. Tom beside me, we clasped hands as he prayed.

“Lord, as we come to a new chapter in our lives, we are thankful.”

My mind wandered to a picture. An ivory page settled there. Two paragraphs in typewriter print appeared. The lines were blurred. Glimpses of the words Sarah and David jumped out at me. I thought I saw “Happily Ever After” somewhere, but it was elusive.

The plan for the day was clear. Sarah and David would have an inside wedding because of rain, a reception in a dreamy carriage house, and then honeymoon in Paris.

Later, the chapter words echoed through my mind as I watched Sarah sitting on a stool in the rambling old house she’d called home for over three years.  A make-up artist mixed colors from a table-full of cosmetics while her her bridesmaids and life-long friends giggled, cried, ate, drank, and smiled.

These girls had roomed together, prayed together, worshiped together, and even shared clothes together without fighting. There was plenty of conversation from the girls and even more introspection from me and David’s mother and grandmother. Those of us who’ve lived several other chapters in our lives.

I walked with Sarah up the carpeted stairs to her green bedroom filled with natural light. Pine trees bowed with rainy wind as she looked around her room for the last time. Her bags were packed. Her mind set. Still, she paused.

A new chapter. A sequel from mine.

I put my arm around her as I remembered the previous chapters in my life and wondered about the next.

Many think we write our own books. We do not. The Master Story-teller writes with eloquence and depth and knowledge that we don’t have. And the ending is the same for His children.

Mary-Louise, David’s grandmother said it best. She read from Revelation 21: 1,2, as Sarah sat on that make-up stool. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Those who belong to Christ Jesus all have the same ending. And it’s truly a “Happily Ever After,” story.

But Sarah begins a new chapter today.

And it’s good, because the Master-Storyteller is good.

The end.

Also, the beginning.


6 Comments on "A New Chapter"

  1. Amanda says:

    I cried reading this. So beautiful, Pauline. :)

  2. Mary Ann M Dermott says:

    Thank you for sharing your very special personal day. Much love and best wishes to all



  4. Paula says:

    Never thought of Revelations 21:1-2 in connection with a wedding before, but I love it.

  5. Pauline Hylton says:

    Thanks, Paula. Have fun in Paris!

  6. Pauline Hylton says:

    Thanks Harold and Louise!

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