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Like a bridegroom coming out of his Chuppah

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"The sun which is as a bridegroom coming out of his canopy [chuppah], rejoices like a hero to run a race" (Psalm 19:5).

The heavens declare the glory of God by comparing it with the sun that rises from one end of the heavens and finishes its course at the other end. And the sun is like a bridegroom coming out of his chuppah to leap with joy in the life coming before him.

The chuppah is the wedding canopy traditionally used in Jewish weddings. It consists of a cloth stretched over four poles; this cloth depicts God's cover over the covenant marriage. "For over all the glory shall be a canopy [chuppah]" (Isaiah 4:5). The chuppah symbolises the home the couple will build together. What a beautiful image to show the work of God's hand, the spouses' union under His sight!