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The baker and the cake

Ed: With the grace of God, our wedding plans were falling into place. After our church wedding, our reception would be in the backyard of the home we were buying. The mortgage payment was a stretch, so food would be simple finger food, but we wanted the cake to be special. Most bakeries had salespeople that showed pictures of cakes and explained pricing. They were nice but just didn’t feel right.

Leonor: We decided to visit one more bakery. The friendly greeter told us that the owner himself would be out in a few minutes. To our surprise, from the kitchen came a charming small, dark-haired man with a little mustache. He looked like Mario from the video game. He was wearing a white cap tipped to one side, white shirt, pants and an apron. He was completely dusted with flour. He wiped his hands on his apron and shook our hands.

Ed: I glanced at Leonor, wondering what her reaction would be. She was smiling. I was excited. This man was obviously an artist that worked closely with his creation. He listened carefully and showed us a cake he was preparing. He gave us a piece to taste. He said that only he himself would deliver and set up our cake. Now this did feel right.

Leonor: On our wedding day, the baker delivered just as he promised. When we cut the cake and fed it to each other, it was delicious. Our guests agreed.

Years later, as we renewed our wedding vows in Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle by turning water into wine for a newly married couple, we remembered the details of our wedding. Our wedding was simple but was just right for us.

Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera are members of the local Worldwide Marriage Encounter community. To learn more about Worldwide Marriage Encounter, visit To read more of Leo and Ed’s blogs, visit

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