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A Love Story: John and Celeste Talley
  • by john Talley III
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  • Feb 02, 2017
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Starting this Sunday, February 5th, our church family will be going through the Song of Solomon. We will dive into this book of the Bible for the next eight weeks. I’m looking forward to this as others in our covenant community are, as well! There are many themes in this book such as love, sex, intimacy, romance, and marriage. It’s a piece of poetry that tells a story of what real love looks like between a man and a woman. It also helps us yearn and be grateful for the relationship God has with His people. In preparation, a couple of people in our body will be sharing their love story between them and their spouse. Throughout the Bible, relationship with God is represented by the image of marriage. Here is my love story:


I remember standing on the dance floor, looking at this beautiful, gorgeous, sexy, stunning girl sitting all by herself. The first thought that came to my mind was who is she? Yes, we were at my Grandma’s surprise birthday party! I agree it’s a strange place to meet your future wife, but this was the place. My second thought: Are we related?

Is she my long-lost cousin?

Because I’ve never seen her before.

Being the nice guy that I am, I decided to approach her, ask her name, and have an intelligent conversation with her. She was very shy and not very talkative. As the night went on, we decided to exchange numbers and stay in contact with each other. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that we started “dating.”

Being high school sweethearts was difficult because she went to one high school and I went to another. We were able to see each other periodically, but not as frequently as we would have liked. Then, I moved across the country—yet we still stayed together even though we were 3000 miles apart.


Coming out to the West Coast was the best thing that ever happened to me. I didn’t grow up in a Christian household. In fact, neither did Celeste. It wasn’t until I came to Arizona where I heard the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It would take this love story to another level! After hearing this good news, I was completely zealous about sharing my faith with others, including Celeste. I broke up with her, because I didn’t want to be in a relationship where we both didn’t claim allegiance to Christ. During the breakup, I shared the gospel with her and God graciously granted her repentance and faith in Christ.

She then came to visit Arizona, and I actually proposed to her at the airport! A few months later, she moved out here for good and then we got married. Though our marriage, isn’t perfect, it does symbolize the love, beauty, and relationship of the Gospel—and how it relates to Christ and His bride (the Church).

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