In the book SABBATICAL JOURNEY, the author writes of a homily he shared on a wedding. "Your love for each other comes from God's first love. Keep claiming that love. Your love for each other is a forgiving love. Keep talking to each other, pardoning each other's shortcomings, and praising each other's gifts. Your love for each other is for others, your children, your guests, the poor. Keep your attention focused on those who need to be nurtured by your love." (Henri Nouwen, 1998:63-64).
Today is our twenty-first wedding anniversary. Sarah and I are grateful to our Creator-God for sustaining us throughout the years. Nouwen shares from his book, Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year, a quote from his homily of the son of a friend's wedding that happened on December 9th, the day of our wedding anniversary. I share this quote with you now (above), because it speaks of the same sentiment that my wife and I have for our lives. We want to be of service to our King, the Lord of the Universe, and be available for His work among the poor, the disenfranchised, and the people who are powerless and who need God's love.
Our "wedding verse" has been 1 John 4:12. "No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us." (ESV) It is always our prayer that we will be an avenue, an instrument, a source of blessing to mediate God's love to others. We are not perfect, but God is. Our hope is that our friends will see God through us. And then, we all can sing the song, "I have friends who say that we are perfect together."