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Father of the Groom

By June 24, 2016 Family, Marriage

My firstborn son is getting married this week. I’m filled with emotions: happiness, joy, relief, and can I say this without being judged… pride? As the big day approaches, memories flood my mind: I remember Aaron staring at me with his big brown eyes moments after his entrance into the world. I showed him off to all the hospital nurses, and wondered at the same: “Lord, how do I raise this gift you’ve given us?” Laura and I would repeat that prayer often during his toddler and teen years.

I remember the first time Aaron picked up a basketball—it was almost as big as he was—and him dribbling it two-handed on the concrete driveway. Little did I know it was a foreshadowing of his accomplishments in high school basketball.  I recall when he was two years old, he would tell his aunts and uncles who wanted to play with him: “No!!” And he would following that up by planting a big kiss on them. I think about how funny he was (and still is), and it makes me smile. Aaron always had the ability to light up a room.

Parenting boys is a both a privilege and hard work. It’s exhilarating and disappointing at times, joyful and nerve-wracking at times. You pray for them daily, asking God to help them become godly men, to help them discover their destiny, and to help them find a spouse that loves Jesus and loves them (and loves Laura/me too). When your boys grow toward these prayers, nothing seems better as a parent.

Aaron—we’ve been through ups and downs, good times and not-so-good times, successes and failures… but mom and I have always loved you. We enjoy watching you grow as a man, a follower of Jesus, and a business owner.

Aaron—we’re proud of you. As your big day nears, we’re happy for you. You have chosen well. Anna—we’re so pleased to welcome you as a daughter into our family. I encourage both of you to put Jesus at the center of your marriage. Learn to depend on Him and not on your own strength. Love unconditionally. Forgive quickly. Make each other your priority. Dream big together for God.

Mom and I are filled with joy as your special day arrives. Aaron and Anna, we speak God’s blessing over you, your marriage, and your life. We commit to pray for you daily and love you unreservedly.

Let the wedding festivities begin!


John Opalewski

Author John Opalewski

John Opalewski is a graduate of Oral Roberts University. He served as a pastor for fifteen years. He has worked in the business world for nearly two decades, serving in multiple leadership roles. John's experience as a leader in both the church and business arenas has made him a sought-after international speaker, coach and mentor.

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