A Reason to Celebrate

Labor Day Weekend 2009 is one I will always remember. It was a rare instance for my seven brothers and five sister-in-laws to be together. The occasion? The 40th wedding anniversary of my brother Donald and his wife Linda. Donald is my second oldest brother, but the first to get married. He and his two children planned the event for more than a year. It was a surprise for Linda. We all received the “save the date” cards way in advance, so there was no excuse not to be there. All the hard work and planning paid off.

Linda thought she was at the boutique hotel to take official family photos and  have an anniversary dinner with my brother. She was shocked when she opened the door, saw the spiral staircase draped with the wedding party, the robed minister (my oldest brother) standing at the podium, and 100 guests looking on. She cried loud enough for all to hear.

It was so moving to hear them renew their vows followed by my brother’s written declaration to his wife. I still remember this line: “Linda, you are still the most beautiful woman to me.” I knew my brother meant it because he’s not the verbal type when it comes to expressing his emotion. His wife was in tears. Isn’t that what most women yearn to hear years into the marriage, after children, grandchildren, and a few extra pounds? He spoke of her being a godly woman, a praying woman, a great mother to their two children and grandchildren.  When it was Linda’s turn, she said “I don’t have prepared remarks, since I didn’t know about this,” but she spoke from her heart about what a great husband Donald has been and that she has never lacked for anything. She spoke of his godliness. Then the children blessed their parents, speaking of their impact in their lives.

While wathching the ceremony, I couldn’t help but think, this is REAL LOVE, Love that goes the distance, no matter what. Love that is not based on feelings, but rooted in faith.

This celebration was much more elaborate than the first. This is how it should be. They have a reason to celebrate. Their love is lasting.


2 Responses to “A Reason to Celebrate”

  1. Celia Jones Says:

    Hi Cheryl!

    It’s your favorite “armor bearer” from our Women’s Weekend event at Triumphant Church that you shared with us earlier this year. I just had to take a moment to respond to this blog entry, because I just yesterday had this conversation with my cousin regarding how to find a love that lasts.
    It seems so impossible in this day and age, even among men who seem to be Godly. We got into a discussion on God’s original plan for love and marriage, and even slightly questioned if He really meant it to be the way he explains in the Bible, because the evidence of that kind of love is so far-fetched.
    Our final conclusion was that it IS to be so, and that’s why He made it that way. We just have to find two of the few men out there that are willing to stand up for love the right way. (Rather, wait for the day God leads them to find us 🙂
    This was a beautiful reflection. Thank you.

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