I’m a firm believer that part of living the best life possible is developing the habit to anticipate and celebrate each day. It’s what the Psalmist said in the ancient days:
This is the day the Eternal God has made;
let us celebrate and be happy today (Psalm 118:24, The Voice).
The wisdom of celebrating each day needs to be considered as a healthy and holy practice. That said, there are some days in our life, which need to be set apart, to be remembered, and celebrated for a lifetime.
Today is one of those days. I’m officiating my friends’ wedding.
My friend Britt and I are decades apart in life; however, we have one of those kind of friendships that’s attached at the heart. When Erik asked Brittney to *”tie the knot” a year ago, we began meeting together. He and I became good friends. In the end, age has nothing to do with an authentic life-long friendship.
They began dating in high school nine years ago yesterday. In that time frame, they’ve learned how to navigate valleys and mountains in their life together. Even so, it was important for them to begin their marriage stronger than ever, to tackle the complicated components of marriage, and to learn how to be intentionally committed to one another in marriage. And, they did. They’ve spent one year faithfully meeting with me, completing their assignments, taking the time to learn the essentials to having the strongest possible marriage.
I know they will have an incredible life together, not because it will be perfect, but because they are equipped and committed to an unrelenting, unstoppable, strong love for one another.
I’m excited to officiate their wedding today. The day will mark their beginning of marriage. It’s a day to celebrate and be happy!
I pray you will celebrate your day.
*There’s a story about tying the knot–more later on that!
You are invited to my last Sunday at South Salem Nazarene:
Sunday, August 31 at 10:45 AM
South Salem Nazarene Church 1661 Boone Rd SE Salem, OR 97306
(Go south on Commercial and turn left before it intersects on Kuebler at Arby’s on Boone Road. From I5 south, take the Kuebler exit, turn right and turn right on Stroh (third right after exit), left on Boone Rd.)
A Story of Firsts and Love, Enough . . . Helping Others To Have Enough, Before and After, Why, Words, Defining, Challenging, Life-Changing Words, There’s More To the Story, Praying for you, Leaving the Impossible Behind, Praying hands . . . make me strong.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)