Here is Joni and I in a veranda at the Singapore Botanical gardens just before our wedding solemnization, Saturday, May 14th/ 2011
Pastor Lim poses for this shot with Joni and I before the ceremony
We like Pastor Lim very much. Singapore has a much lower rate of divorce than North America. Pastor Lim was aware that Joni and I are divorced and he expressed in his counselling with us that he did not want to see us fail in our wedding vows again. He impressed upon us, God's intention that marriage is for life and that because we are sinners, no spouse is perfect and we have to love and tolerate each other, in spite of our imperfections.
"I hate divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel" Malachi 2:16
We are now walking in the Botanical gardens to the place of our solemnization Pastor Lim is at the right, our very good friends at Queenstown Lutheran Church, Irene (brown blouse), Jacob (ball cap). Melvin is in a suit. Melvin and his family are Filipino and they have known Joni for years, as she has tutored their children. Melvin's family attend both Catholic and Evangelical churches here in Singapore.
Here is Joni and I walking to our solemnization place
Here is just one of the many nice things you can see when you visit the botanic gardens here in Singapore
"And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90:16-17
Pastor Lim is now conducting the ceremony. Linda, Melvin's wife, is the maid of honour and can be seen standing on the right.
Pastor Lim is exhorting us to love, cherish and be faithful to one another, while Melvin looks on.
A nice shot of Joni's bouquet.
He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:4-6
Bill Whatcott puts his signature on the marriage certificate
Joni signs her name on the marriage certificate too
Here is our marriage certificate
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Joni and I pose in the park, please note the two swans swimming in the background
Joni and I pose by a tree
Joni and I stand behind the Botanical Gardens Waterfall
A group shot in front of the waterfalls
" Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.” As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, Nor take up their names on my lips. O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16
Here is another nice picture from the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Here is a picture of our group having supper. This is an Italian restaurant, located right in the heart of the Botanic Gardens
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
"And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and[a] cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:1-14