Last Saturday (June 19) my daughter Tara had her beautiful wedding ceremony aboard a yacht (called Romantica), which traveled around much of Manhattan Island. Weather conditions were ideal and all the guests got to see the sun setting on New York’s great skyscrapers. The boat even stopped in front of the Statue of Liberty so that everyone could get great camera shots.
My oldest son Ed, a professional chef, catered the event, so the food was excellent and abundant. Friends I hadn’t seen in years were also there and I enjoyed many delightful conversations.
The absolutely most perfect part of the marriage ceremony was the loving gazes between Tara and her soon-to-be-husband John. Rarely do you get to see a moment where two people are connecting with each other all the way to their very souls (even Hollywood actors cannot simulate such depth and sincerity)!
Being a student of the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, the spiritual symbolism of a marriage performed on a ship was not lost on me. I would like to share a little bit of that symbolism with you.
Bodies of water symbolically represent the various kinds of knowledge we store in our memory from things learned in the world (we “pool” our ideas). Simply stated, ships, which ride over the waves and maintain buoyancy, symbolize things that can carry our minds above worldly things—like God’s teachings.
The world brings many challenges to a marriage and getting married on a ship represents a coming together of hearts and minds on a plane above our mere worldly concerns (that can easily drown the soul).
It was a perfect marriage symbolically and literally. Almost.
Sunday morning my wife and I got a hilarious phone call from Tara that the minister, who performed the wedding ceremony at the marina, had left the ship before the start of the cruise—and before the marriage license was signed! So my poor daughter and her “almost” husband had to track down the minister and provide all the proper signatures.
What a hoot. Everyone was laughing about it!
There is a saying that a perfect marriage is one that is “made in heaven.” However, a couple must “tie the knot” within the laws and requirements of the terrestrial world. (So Tara and John had extra time to think about things!) Happily, Tara and John’s marriage can now (safely) be said to have been “made in heaven”—and on earth.
Even more perfect, the “official” marriage became my Fathers Day gift!