It was a simple little sentence in the midst of a gorgeous homily, one most certainly penned in thoughtful regard for the bride and groom. It was a holy moment after all—the beautiful young couple before us on the alter, her positively radiant in joy, he so taken he could not stop glancing her way. In a matter of minutes they would turn back toward us, a congregation of their family and friends, and they would quite literally take their first steps into a brave new future, one shared as husband and wife.
What a journey is before them I thought, sitting there with my own husband at my side. How much there is to say about marriage in a moment like this.
That was about the time the minister slipped this line into his message. He spoke slowly and gently, emphasizing each word.
Love always gives he said.
It landed on my heart.
Love always gives.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past two weeks thinking about this little sentence, thinking about how profoundly those three little words could change your life if you accept the truth of them, if you seek to live them everyday. Thinking about how pure and lovely and unencumbered a soul would feel in knowing even before a dilemma appears:
Good advice for marriage. Good advice for life.
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