Lessons from a Wedding
Not long ago, my wife, Shawn, and I attended the wedding of the son of some long time friends. I have always loved weddings for they provide the opportunity to see so much love and joy and so much anticipation for the future.
Weddings also give those of us who are already married the chance to remember when we ourselves took the same vows the young couple is about to take. “To have and to hold, from this day forward, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.”
Weddings also provide us with the opportunity to consider how well we have lived those vows and to rededicate ourselves to following those holy words and to pledge ourselves to do better in the future. For, after all, this is the man and this is the woman we have chosen to love forever.
At this particular wedding I was struck by the instructions the minister gave the young couple on how they should treat each other in their marriage. Here’s what she said:
End each day with kind words for each other. No matter what the day now ending has brought or not brought. Put all of it aside, look into each other’s eyes, and say kind words to each other. And, when the sun of a new morning brightens the East and a new day comes, when you wake up, look into each others eyes and say kind words to each other.”
Therein lies the peace, the security, the lasting love of marriage.
You are the joy of my mornings, the peace of my nights. Whenever I am with you the world seems just right.
A magical thing happens then… others will notice your kindness and the light of your love. And your kindness will spread to the small towns and the big cities, to the meadows and to the mountains, to the hills and the valleys, and to the very world itself. That is what I believe.
If I could make a wish for this young man and young woman – and for all of us – it would be to go forward with our families and with our friends, and with God, the very essence of love. Go forward in the confidence that He will bless all of our endeavors because… He will!
Ah, there is nothing like a Wedding!