My dad was married yesterday.
We lost my mom in 2004 to cancer and later my dad lost his 2nd wife to a stroke. His new wife, Judy, lost her own husband over a decade ago to a heart attack. Yet in finding each other, both have been willing to open their hearts and to love again. It is a sobering thing to watch two souls pledge “until death parts us” when both know first hand what a vow like that actually means.
Both my dad, Ray, and Judy love the Lord and their wedding was a reflection of that love. At their reception many kind words were expressed, of course, but two of particular note. Judy’s son-in-law got up to let us know that he never had much good things to say about mother-in-laws, but in marrying Judy’s daughter, he did not gain the proverbial mother-in-law; but instead he gained a mom.
In turn, my dad’s brother and best man, Ronnie, gave the kindest salute of my dad that I’ve ever heard and one I will always think of when I read 1 Corinthians 13. This familiar passage was one of the texts used in the wedding earlier that day. My dear uncle turned to my dad and said that his brother, Ray, exemplifies this passage in every way…
“Ray is patient and Ray is kind. He does not envy or boast. Ray is not arrogant or rude. He does not insist on his own way. Ray is not irritable or resentful and he does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but Ray rejoices with the truth. He bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.”
Those of us who know him well would have to agree.
God’s blessings to you, Dad and Judy. I wish you everything good in your life together and I know that God’s grace will be provided in your future days as it has been in your uniting.