One of the things I still do as a minister is officiate at weddings. I enjoy this ceremonial/priestly function of a minister. It is nearly always a joyous time when people are at their happiness and full of hope and promise for their future together. Although there have been a few weddings I have been involved in that probably should not have taken place.
I also am willing to officiate at funerals when asked. I have always said I enjoy wedding the most but I grow as a person most over funerals. I prefer to do funerals for people I knew in life. It is at funerals that we are given the opportunity to rethink the great questions of Life.
Below is a photograph from the last wedding I did a couple of months ago. They were a nice couple and the wedding was in North Bay at the site of a former monastary. The property is now owned by the local college. It is a pretty spot in a natural setting.
The couple just sent me this photo. I usually try to stay out of photographs but I thought this one was pretty good. I am the little guy with the beard. In scanning the picture I cut some of the right side off. Maybe I was sub consciously trying to make myself look thinner! In any case, it was not worth redoing as the scanner was being problematic.
The bride, in appearance, reminded me of my bride so many years ago.