The Bride is beautiful to behold. Sometimes she is dressed in satin. At other times soft lace scallops grace her neck and sleeves and fall in loose folds behind her as she glides down the aisle. Sometimes the bodice of her dress is bedecked with seed pearls. At other times there is a thin stream of round, white buttons descending down her back. Her skirt may tightly hug her legs or flare out around her slim waist with yards of fabric. Her face may be hidden behind her veil, or framed with long golden locks descending below her crown. Her hair might be shiny smooth black, a curly auburn, or a tangle of brunette curls caught up high on her head and falling to her shoulders beneath her veil. Her skin tone might be a rich dark shade, the palest pink or any of dozens of variations in between. However, one thing is always the same: the rapt expression on her face as she looks into the eyes of her beloved!
So it is with the Church, the Bride of Christ. There may be all sorts of pursuits and emphasis may be placed on a variety of things: prayer, evangelism, teaching, serving, missions, youth, children, families, neighborhoods, church plants, etc. One thing, however, always remains the same. The love of this Bride for her Groom, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of Christ, Himself, for His beautiful Bride. How fortunate I am to be a part of His Beautiful Bride!