26 Jun 2014

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Veil

So you remember that movie called The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? It was about these 4 high school friends who were parting ways for the summer. A pair of pants magically fit all four, and so as a way to stay connected they sent the pants along with a letter literally around the world.

When I got married in 2010, I really wanted to wear a veil, but as we looked in the bridal stores they were more than I wanted to pay. My bridesmaids and friends were with me and two of them said, "we could make that!" So they did. Natalie (Price) Ballmann and Rebekah (Frazier) Gorrell bought the material and hand stitched both a long and a short veil for me. It was such an honour to wear them at our wedding, because they were beautiful, but more so because they symbolized friendship, a deep friendship that we had formed at Dallas Theological Seminary.

It seemed only fitting that when Natalie got married 6 months later, that she also wear the veil(s)... and not long later Caitlin (Conneally) Woodlief who was also one of my bridesmaids wore them! The only one left was Rebekah... but as she waited for the man God was preparing for her, the veils set off on a longer journey.  They were worn by several girls who are in some way connected with one of us... Katherine (Reid) Alumbaugh, Amy (Frazier) Rodgers, Erin (Claxton) Brindley, and most recently Nicole (Grazier) Megli (June 15th, 2014)! This coming fall Jessi Morris will also wear the veil...

and so it continues...

In an amazing way the veil has connected us. It was our love for Jesus that brought us to Dallas Seminary, and there our friendship with one another blossomed. In our first year, our friendship was forged through a 6am Tuesday morning prayer group for the world. Our heart for God's name to be made great in the world was a catalyst in our relationship with one another.  In various capacities we were roommates, workout partners, classmates, accountability partners and best friends. These were the women I poured out my heart to, who prayed with me and encouraged me to trust God in all things, including my relationship with the love of my life. We were part of one another's love stories... but more so are all committed to a greater love story.  One of a redeemer and bridge groom that is one day coming back for His bride...

Revelation 19:7 says, "Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure” What a beautiful picture is painted of the church, made bright and pure by the finished work of Jesus! Ephesians 5:27 adds, "So that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish."

And that is really the desire of our hearts, that the church, throughout the world would be ready for the bridegroom's return. That future church includes millions of people around the world who have not yet heard or called on the name of Jesus.

Many of the girls who wore the veil are serving the Lord and his kingdom to this end! We are all now wives, many are now mothers, seeking to love God and love others where He has led us.


Krista Davis + Ben Taylor                             January 2010
Natalie Price + Matthew Ballmann              June 2010
Caitilin Conneally + Jonathan Woodlief     October 2011
Amy Frazier + John Rodgers                          September 2012
Katherine Reid + TJ Alumbaugh                  February 2013
Rebekah Frazier + Dan Gorrell                   September 2013
Erin Claxton + Richard Brindley                December 2013
Nicole Grazier + Joel Megli                          June 2014
Jessie Morris + Joe Fraccaro                         October 2014

{names in bold indicate Dallas Theological Seminary graduates}