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Monday, January 2, 2012


Baby girl and her new hubby headed off this morning to begin married life in their new home. The wedding is over but the celebration and rejoicing continues. 

I shed surprisingly few tears Friday evening—all of them, of course joyous. But later, when quiet time took over, the tears began. Not tears of missing my daughter; not even happy tears over her adventure with her new husband. 

These tears were tears of gratitude for the people God placed in my life. 

Everyone knows that a wedding can be a complicated event. Details to coordinate; people to organize; tasks to get done. 

This wedding could not have been accomplished without the generous time and physical labor of our family and friends. From the hours of set up Friday morning until nearly midnight Friday night, so many people worked cheerfully and with generosity of spirit to love on ussetting tables, carrying boxes and washing dishesso that our daughter and the man she loves would be gifted with a beautiful start to their marriage and celebration of their commitment before God. 

I learned on Friday how to accept that help; how much it means to the recipient (me) when others give of their time, and how much love is given and received in the process.  

On behalf of our family—thank you to everyone for making Nicole and Kyle’s wedding so wonderful.  And thank you to God for placing those people in my life.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for placing people in our lives. Show us how to give and to receive love and help when it is needed. Show us how to do so in your name. Amen. 

WHAT ABOUT YOU? When was the last time you were overwhelmed by the love of others and what they did for you?

1 comment:

chris said...

That's so funny how you call your daughter baby girl... will probably stick forevermore!

Carol, I'm guessing that you've done a really good job of surrounding yourself with good people. My church family is much the same as what you've described, they never cease to amaze me when it comes to just being real.

Congrats to Nicole and Kyle!!