February 19 – Love

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My daughter, Megan and Ethan were married last August. It was a nice backyard wedding… not on a marathon course. But they are running!

This is part of a series of posts featuring photos to go with specific words each day during Lent. Today’s word is “love”.

On Monday the LA Times had a story about some people getting married and others renewing their vows at mile 10 of the LA Marathon. My first reaction was, “I want to officiate at a wedding like that!” After thinking about it for a few days I would still like to do this, and at the same time I would want to emphasize that marriage is not to be entered into lightly.

When couples marry they vow to love one another through good times and bad. I like to emphasize to them and to anyone else listening that love in this sense is not a feeling, but rather something that we do. We strive to see the best in one another, to support one another, to listen to one another, to be patient with one another… and on and on. Some days this is easy to do. Other days, not so much. Just like some days life is easy and other days, not so much. Come to think of it, the running of a marathon is an excellent metaphor for a marriage. My hope and prayer is that all those who were married last Sunday can stay in it for the long haul… to not give up when the going is tough… and then together, in their older years, to know the exhilaration of a life well lived together.

I did have the awesome opportunity to officiate at my daughter’s wedding last summer. My wish for her and Ethan is the same…that they grow and struggle and laugh and live and prosper together.

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