In Celebration of Our Marriage

James Huffman & Mia Sciandra

 

Lord, You have chosen marriage as a symbol of Your love for us.  May ours reflect the wondrous mystery of the union between our Lord Jesus Christ and the Church, His Bride. Amen.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecc 4:12)

 

Mother of the Groom                                                                 Jacqueline Huffman

Mother of the Bride                                                                    Consuelo Sciandra

Minister                                                                                                  John Huffman

Bride’s Escort                                                                                    Dana Sciandra

 

Wedding Party

Friends:                                                                       Jackie Drake & Steve Rogers

Bride’s Sister                                                              Lani Bullock & Dean Brown

Bride’s Sister                                                    Tara O’Dwyer & Brian O’Dwyer

Ring Bearer                                                                                        Sean O’Dwyer

Flower Girls                                                  Summer O’Dwyer & Alana O’Dwyer

Ushers                                                              Dennis Zullo & Lawrence Showfety

Soloist                                                                                                    Valissa Smith

Special Thanks  - of course we will miss some, but here are a few:

From James: To mom and dad, thank you for everything, and for being my best friends. From Mia: Jackie H. for helping with the many decisions but not imposing, and Jackie D. for being my best friend and living up to the part greatly. From James and Mia: to both families for making us feel welcome. Thank you to all our friends who have been excited with us and to those that have helped plan our wedding; we have enjoyed it .  A special thank you to our photographers, David & Kelly Lawrence for capturing our excitement, we feel we’ve made new friends.                                                                           (over)

The Vow of Submission

As there is great controversy over “Wives, submit to your own husbands” (Ephesians 5:22), James and I would like to clarify this section in the Bible as best we can to resolve the misunderstanding when this verse is taken out of context of the Bible’s teaching:

 

If one were to continue past the 22nd verse, the reader will find: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (v25). Christ doesn’t neglect, ignore, demean or abuse the church. He doesn’t treat her rudely or disrespectfully. He never acts arrogantly or insensitively toward her. Nor does He criticize her and make her feel she is not valuable. Rather He loves her, protects her, provides for her, cares for her and chose to die to save her. So while God gives the husband a position of leadership in relationship to his wife, He also requires the price of self-sacrifice from him.

 

In Mia’s voluntary submission to James, and James’ voluntary submission to Christ, the partnership and selflessness toward one another in their marriage is strengthened and blessed by God.

 

A Husband’s Prayer:

Lord, I submit myself to You this day. Lead me as I lead my family. Help me to make all decisions based on Your revelation and guidance. As I submit my leadership to You, enable my wife to fully trust that You are leading me. Help her understand the kind of submission You want from her. Help me understand the kind of submission You want from me. Enable me to be the leader You want me

to be.

Where there are issues over which we disagree, help us to settle them in proper order. I pray that I will allow You, Lord, to be so in control of my life that my wife will be able to freely trust Your Holy Spirit working in me. Help me love her the way You love me, so I will gain her complete respect and love. Give her a submissive heart and the faith she needs to trust me to be the spiritual leader in our home. At the same time, help us to “submit to one another” (Ephesians 5:21). We know only You, Lord, can make that perfect balance happen in our lives.