I'm sitting outside here on the dawn of the day I wed.
The fireball that lights our way everyday is rising steady.
A squirrel is having breakfast on the branch of my tall pine, and his crumbs and extras are free falling in a funny line to the ground below.
The birds are singing their morning song.
An airplane just made it's way overhead.
And a pair of doves are doing that deep hoo they do as day arrives.
Two of the squirrels I mentioned above are fighting over food - screeching and scratching.
The doves: singing loud together their song of light...
And the squirrel's: demanding their own way...
They both remind me of marriage.
What a sweet morning!
There's something sacred about the opening peep of daylight.
And this day, in particular.
Because it's been a decade, plus one - since I walked that long aisle and pledged that vow and promised that person I would stand firm for it all.
The highs and lows, and twists and straights, and mountains and valleys of our marriage are running through like a movie in my mind this morning.
He's sleeping in a bit, because I pulled the door and told him to.
The children are awake and eager to storm-start our anniversary - waiting in their room for the moment their clock says they can do so.
Those children....the result of the commitments we spoke all those years ago - they have taught me the art of celebration.
They have showed their Mama that it's good, and right, and worth it.... to mark, and remember, and praise special occasions and victories.
And this marriage is a victory.
It's been fought for...over and over again.
The man I love.... he's different.
He's countercultural in the way he approaches our union.
He goes beyond expectation, let's pride die, and offers out all of himself for me.
And as he does all this... I learn and clumsily attempt to reciprocate.
My gratefulness surpasses words.
The kids we created are eager and itching to begin festivities.
I should close the laptop lid and head in.
But before I do...
May I pray a blessing over you?
Father, I ask that you lead and show Your love to the person scanning these words today. I pray that they see you working in their lives, arranging events, pouring in strength and faith. If they are married Lord, wrap up their union in truth and vulnerability and sacrifice and healing. If they aren't, Lord speak intimately to their mind and hearts today - holding them close and whispering loud of your love for them. Give that to us married ones, too! Guide each mind that's reading here...into the things of life. And let all of us linger on the good, the things of You. In Jesus, Amen.