Over the last four days there was quite a bit of thinking going on.
My brain was on overdrive and at all times I wish I could have documented all the thoughts that I had rapidly expressing down my freeway of a brain on paper.
A topic that continued to ruminate through all this thinking was Love.
The definition of love (per the online dictionary) is an intense feeling of deep affection.
One way our society displays an expression of love is through a wedding ceremony. There is so much love between two people that they decide to spend the rest of their lives together. And it is sealed with a kiss.
Many wedding ceremonies are often unique. The bride and groom add their own flare and individual taste to their special day. There is much talk of love as it IS a day of love. A passage that is often used in the ceremony is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and it goes like this:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
I find that this passage is so incredibly important in times like now and times that are waiting for us in the future. Love being something that never fails, it is always there, always fighting for us, not against us. That it is protecting, keeping us safe and persevering, it’s there for the ride.
Continuing with the marriage theme, the most traditional wedding vow goes something like this…
(Name), I take you to be my (husband/wife); to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, to love and to cherish, and to be faithful to you alone, as long as we both shall live.
The part of the marriage vows that stick out the most to me is the “through sickness and health” portion. It is so important to me to be loved at all times, especially when I am not at my best.
One of the things that assists me in successfully managing every day is the love that I have in my life. The love that I have for myself, my spouse, children, family, and friends.
There is nothing better than a tight bear hug when for no reason you just start to stream tears down your face. A text from a friend checking on you or a care package from your Mama with LuLaRoe enclosed.
If someone were to ask me how I am getting through life I would simply answer, love.
It has been a challenging thirteen days. A roller coaster to be precise. Yet, I am thinking I am getting close to being on the other side of the fence as result of the love and support that I have received.