Christian Chronicle

Love and joy: Tears flow at son’s wedding

Emotions overwhelm as family and friends celebrate young couple’s marriage.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

OKLAHOMA CITY — I’m not crying. You’re crying.

Actually, everybody seemed to be crying.

The Rosses and the Steeleys, it seems, are a sentimental bunch. What better reason to let the tears flow, though, than watching two young people commit their lives to each other?

My middle child, Keaton, recently married Paige Steeley, the love of his life, inside a glass-paneled, flower-filled conservatory at Will Rogers Gardens. Her parents, Derek and Valerie Steeley, along with Tamie and me and about 50 of the couple’s nearest and dearest, were honored (and obviously quite moved) to celebrate alongside them.

eaton’s older brother, Brady, who earned ministry degrees from Oklahoma Christian and Abilene Christian universities, performed the ceremony. Keaton’s younger sister, Kendall, a graduate of Pepperdine University, served as Paige’s maid of honor. Paige’s brothers, Dylan and Cole, ushered guests, moved tables and chairs and kept us laughing.

Me? I sat on the front row beside my wife and watched her and all three of my children — somehow now adults — choke back joyful tears.

Their faces, so full of love and emotion, did it: Soon I was fumbling for a tissue. 

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This column appears in the January edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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