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The Betrothal

The Betrothal
Mr. and Mrs. Barrett Warren

Steve and I are house parents for the girl’s house and overseers for the guy’s house and let me tell you there has been quite a buzz in our houses for over a week now.  Why? Because one of the single men went and asked one of our young ladies for her hand in marriage!  Both were here with their families so all the necessary consents were obtained and the young lady said yes. Since that destined day in Jerusalem you would not believe the goings on!  I think every youtube video on betrothal has been watched; the girls had a Jane Eyre movie night and oh the plans and preparations for the real thing and the hoped for etrothals.  It was reported that one girl was overheard in a SKYPE conversation with home; Dad, if a boy happens to call you and asks for your permission to pursue me, don’t be alarmed, that is just the way they do things here.  (Made me wonder if dad might be seriously considering a flight to Israel!)

Anyway, the betrothal of Barrett and Devin took place last evening at the Psagot Winery and it was breath-takingly beautiful. In a little over a week they and their families orchestrated a magnificent betrothal, complete with rings, ketubah, chuppah, catered dinner and dancing.  We all gathered on the lawn of the winery; a picturesque setting high on a hillside overlooking the outskirts of Jerusalem.  Devin and Barrett and their parents assembled under the chuppah while the haYovel worship band opened the celebration. The bride price was paid by the Warren family to the Schaeffer family, a token only as was noted no amount of money could ever compensate the Schaeffer’s for their treasured daughter.  Monty Warren then Gene Schaeffer then Barrett then Devin drank from the betrothal cup sealing their covenant after which Barrett washed Devin’s feet, symbolic of Y’Shua washing His disciples feet in an act of service and humility.  Lydia Taylor sang a beautiful rendition of ‘Dance With Me’ as the sun was going down in a beautiful display of golden glows of red and orange.  Barrett then put a ring on Devin’s hand inscribed in Hebrew, ‘I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.’  And a new aspect of the betrothal ceremony that I had not witnessed before, the giving of the head covering.  Devin’s sister and sister-in-law came forward and covered Devin’s head with a lovely white scarf, Devin’s father read the scripture from Corinthians that talks about women and head coverings and Barrett explained after the reading that he wanted Devin to wear a head covering as symbolizing his covering of protection over her.  The parents then gave their blessings and the elders were called forward to give their blessings as well.  I had found an old Irish Prayer Blessing that I said over them:

Happy is the bride that the rain of God’s presence falls on.
May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.
May your trouble grow few as your blessings increase.
May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship and your hearts forever joined in love.
Your lives are very special, God has touched you in many ways, may His blessings rest upon you and fill all your coming days.
You vow by peace and love to stand heart to heart and hand in hand.
Hark, O Holy Spirit, and hear us now, confirming this, Barrett and Devin’s sacred vow.

They then read the Ketubah and signed it along with their witnesses.  They were then introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Barrett Warren to wild applause and music and immediately they were swept up in a fast and furious dance at which both Barrett and Devin excel.  The dancing was only briefly interrupted by a fantastic feast of melt in your mouth roasts and chicken and salmon and other meats I have no name for and roasted potatoes and green beans to go to heaven for and a fabulously glazed carrot dish and too many salads to recount and delightful eggplant spreads, bread, wine and when we thought there could not possibly be more out came the desserts. Those not too full from dinner danced the night away, from fast-paced Israeli tunes to believe it or not (for us old hippies) John Denver singing Annie’s song and This Ole Country Boy, and Sunshine on My  Shoulder, it was a wonderful star-spangled evening!

The moon was hanging low over the city and finally dropped below the horizon while some of us sat on the lawn and watched its disappearance with the thought, ‘how many more until we are dancing and feasting in the marriage celebration of the lamb
with us, His bride?’

Even so, come quickly, Beloved Y’Shua!

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3 thoughts on “The Betrothal”

  1. That is an amazing picture of what the Father desires to give those who love and serve Him and who wait upon His goodness. May Elohim be for ever praised for His goodness toward men. Our Heavenly Father is Uncomparable in His matchless LOVE! Blessings to all!
    Mary

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  2. Mazel Tov to the happy couple. What a wonderful privilege to be able to witness the uniting of two souls as one. I look forward with anticipation to our own wedding with the Lamb! Come soon, Y’Shua, come.

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