Ally & Steven | Engagement

I remember it like it was yesterday...the first time Ally and I became friends. We were both completing our undergrad requirements and sat on the same row. Actually, her and I sat a chair apart from one another and only began talking mid-semester. Needless to say, she always spoke with such wisdom and grace. Also, both Ally and I were new to Chapman University and we were both simultaneously praying for godly friendships on campus. Ally and I quickly became friends during our first semester. Fast forwarding a few years later, Ally and I have nurtured and cultivated a godly friendship and she has quickly become one of my best friends. A true answered prayer. 

You might wonder where I am going with this? Well, I remember during our first semester Ally and I spoke a lot about our favorite author, C.S. Lewis. Something both struck us about Lewis' perspective: he claimed that Christ was a master of ceremonies. 

"In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, 'Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,' can truly say to every group of Christian friends, 'Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.' The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others" (The Four Loves). 

Going off of what Lewis said. If Christ truly is a master of ceremonies, then it isn't merely by chance that Ally and I have become the best of friends. It also isn't a chance encounter that her and Steven met, dated, and have decided to start their journey as one. As an outsider, it is clear that their love for Christ radiates through out their decisions and conduct with one another and others. With that being said, Ally and Steven have blessed Alex and I with their friendship and we cannot wait to see what the Lord does in and through them. 

Love always,
Andrea M.