“Till Death Do Us Part…” rings off the lips of thousands of people every day in pursuit of marital bliss. Sad to say, for most they ring empty (see I Cor 13:1)…however, for those that grasp the full extent of the love of the Father and how that extends into our earthly relationships – those words are only a comma in the story of life.
Last Saturday, within the span of one hour, my wife and I were witnesses to two marriages at either end of this spectrum. What did the man standing beside the casket know that the boy in the tux at the altar hadn’t fathomed? Namely – Life! I recall the old camcorder commercial that claimed it recorded those parts of life between the birthdays, weddings and vacations. Those are the parts of life that are meant to be lived, not just existed.
Each summer, I take the opportunity to take a long look at the ocean and like the waves and shifting sands, reflect on the changes of the past 12 months. There are those people who are no longer a part of my daily life and those who now are. What are the events that have shaped or changed the person that I am today? Where was God in all of it? Did I see Him at every turn or did I miss His glory because I was looking for something else? What will the next year bring?
“There abides faith, hope and love”… I once heard a noted Christian singer explain that faith and hope are for this side of the journey. That’s what makes “love” the greatest attribute. It’s the only one with eternal value. “Til Death Do Us Part” …
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