As I rummaged through various items in storage, I came across a 10-inch square box that was light as a feather, labeled, “Holly’s veil”. Over 24 years ago, I made my daughter’s wedding veil and after she left home, I boxed it up as most sentimental moms would.
A few years ago, I told my daughter I had it and asked if she wanted me to keep it. She knew her daughters would probably want to choose their own when they married. “Whatever.” It didn’t matter one way or the other. I removed it and hung it on my Victorian-styled romantic bedroom wall amid my collection of vintage purses, hats and scarves. My granddaughters spend hours pretending with those vintage items. Their favorite is the veil. They love to play bride. They take turns letting me place the veil on their heads and arrange the portion that falls in front of their faces. Then they gather their bouquets of silk roses and pretend “wedding day”. They entertain hopes of someday being the bride to a handsome groom.
As Christians, we also have a hope. Christ is our Bridegroom. Christians are the church, the church is His bride. Christ gave the ultimate dowery for us. His death on the cross paid the price to have us join Him in a glorious wedding feast in eternity. His blood washed us white as snow–it purified us from all unrighteousness so we can stand pure before a Holy God in Heaven. Unlike a veil that hides the bride in a shadow of mystery, Christ’s blood covered us to be a light in the darkness of this world.
“12-Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13-We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14-But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15-Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16-But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17-Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18-And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
What is your veil? Is it made of gossamer, toille, or gauze? Or is it an opaque curtain drawn across the person you want to be for Christ? Does it cloud your witness and the light within you? As I read this passage above, I cannot help but ask these questions of myself, too.
Am I like Moses who hid behind a veil to prevent the Israelites from seeing he’d been with God? On what or whom do I rely to express my faith, to share the gospel with the world? The church? The pastor? A Bible Study group? Since we are in Christ, then we have a hope that only we can share with the folks we each meet and greet in an ordinary day. Since we have such hope, let us be bold like Paul and Timothy and Peter and John. Let’s remove the veil and let others see the Light our Savior wants to illumine through His Spirit.