We were at a family wedding this weekend, and it was one of those soul-filling trips, one that I didn’t realize how much I needed until I was there. This particular group was family I am close to. They are like my siblings in that respect, and as someone who grew up an only child and feel blessed to have these people in my life.
And we were able to take a picture where we were all smiling. How rare is that?
Usually there is at least one person talking (hello auntie!) while the picture is taken and at least one frowning (that’s me!) wondering if we’re getting everyone in.
And the wedding! Weddings are emotional, aren’t they? This couple that got married is so very sweet and their vows have stayed with me, even now a couple days later. They seemed to leave an impact with everyone. We were weeping at the beauty in them. Now, a few days later, a couple words stand out. They both vowed to helped the other person be the man or woman God intended them to be.
I get a shiver even now when I think of that moment in that cold barn where they said these simple yet sacred words. This is it, folks. This is what marriage, and really, every relationship we have, is supposed to be. We are each supposed to help each other be the people God wants us to be.
Every friendship. Every relationship between a parent and child. Every marriage.
Selfless, soulful, spiritual love.
This is something we can do on a daily basis, with the simplest of gestures. Listening, reaching out, making an effort, putting someone else first….
It’s about listening to someone in a way that they are heard, looking at them in a way so they feel truly seen. It is acknowledging that they are a spirit that is very precious to God.
Karen Fink says