My husband and I attended an out of town wedding yesterday for a high school friend of his. As I mentioned awhile back this seems like the year of weddings for us but I love it - they're so much fun! The reception was lots of fun - yummy food and good music. The bride looked stunning and her color choices were really pretty.
The actual wedding service I always find to be so incredibly powerful, regardless of who is getting married. The bridal march starts, the bride enters and everyone stands. The groom's smile is as big as you can get as his bride walks slowly towards him. They know all eyes in the room are on them and yet they still only have eyes for one another. They recite their vows which are the covenant they make to love, honor and cherish one another for the rest of their lives. They promise to always care for one another, through bad times and good times and to forsake all others. They exchange rings - unbroken circles of the finest precious metals as a visible example of their enduring relationship. And at the end of the service, we all receive them as the new Mr. and Mrs. and they start on the incredible journey of marriage. What a powerful thing those vows of love are!
And love IS powerful, isn't it? In my own life I know that my husband and I faced many obstacles upon getting married. But five years later, we're still doing pretty good. It hasn't all been easy but as the song says, "love will keep us together." It's powerful enough to get us through the hard times. I know other couples who've endured incredible things in their relationship and come through it even better than they were before. Love is able to overcome a lot of things - time and distance, disease and illness, job loss, uncertain futures or troubling times, challenging children, broken hearts, sick family members and even death.
Is there a story or example you can think of that demonstrates a powerful love? Tell me about it in the comments!
This blog post is part of a series called "What is Love?"