Daughter’s wedding celebration like glimpse of heaven




“We need to do this more often,” Amy Walker sighed as we took a breather from the dance floor at the Mangas/Tillman wedding reception. We both nodded in agreement as we watched the bride and groom swing dance out of the center of the dance circle and her eldest son, Ransford, grab a partner and jitterbug into the center of the ever-cheering crowd.

More than 50 of the young people in the circle were IU students, many who live in the CSF House (Christian Student Fellowship). The bride’s grandfather, Frank, (my 84-year-old dad) danced his way into the middle of the delighted clapping crowd with his Tim Conway “old man comedy dance.” Best man and Marine Patrick Boldt grabbed some buddies for their debut, followed by Josh Olivo, led by his 4-year-old daughter “Z” (Zinnia), who did what she called a robot dance. My sister Leta grabbed some aunts and cousins and performed a jiggy-clog number.

As I looked around the room I wondered if this might be just a minute molecule of what heaven is like — a banquet with God being honored with dancing and cheering, surrounded by family and friends overflowing with love, joy and peace.

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