He and I have been close from the very beginning. We have depended on each other through difficult circumstances, laughed our way through countless seasons and have encouraged one another to achieve our goals. We have sought one another’s advice pertaining to vocational ministry work and have been the other’s sounding board for new ideas.
He gets me. He’s been one of my best support systems, one of my loudest cheerleaders and best friends. He’s made me laugh when circumstances made me want to cry. He’s held my hand through tough stuff and let me cry on his shoulder.
He’s been the best brother anyone could hope for.
But it’s the end of an era for me. He’ll no longer call me first to get advice about something. He will not ask my opinion first regarding ministering to a girl in the youth group. And I won’t be his second favorite female (second to mom, of course).
You have taken on these roles. He will esteem your opinion as most valuable, as he should. He will seek your input on every situation, especially ministry. You are now his favorite person on earth. And that’s how it should be!
Stephanie, sixty-seven days ago you were introduced to the family. But even before then, as I listened to Christopher speak of you, I knew you’d be the one he chose to become his wife. In just sixty-seven days you have encouraged my family and me as we have made the transition from one child to two. You have chosen to use your free time to help with family matters revolving around our grandmother’s failing health. And you have assisted in cleaning and reorganizing with mom as she works hard to care for our grandmother.
You have revealed, yet again, how faithful the Lord is in answering our prayers.
Stephanie, you have been prayed for… for a long time! As his older sister, I have witnessed him get hurt, but I don’t have to worry about that with you. I have seen you both keep one another’s interest in mind. I have watched you care for one another. I have seen the sweet sparkle in both of your eyes when the other enters a room.
You have become his greatest encourager, his best friend, and his support system. I have prayed intentionally that the Lord would bring you to him quickly. I asked that his future wife would support his call to ministry and would be willing to help in any capacity possible. I have prayed that his bride would appreciate his humor and love him even more for it. I have prayed that he would marry someone who meshed well into our family, and would support our close relationships with one another.
Yesterday you said “Yes” to becoming Mrs. Christopher Cunningham, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! You are the answer to so many prayers.
Though it’s the end of an era for me, it means you and my precious brother are getting to begin a wonderful era in your own lives.
Marriage is such a wonderful gift. Joseph and I are honored to walk along side of you and cheer you both on.
Welcome to the family, Stephanie! You are so loved.