Monday

She said, "Yes."

Thirty years and three days after my husband and I said, “I do,” my daughter said, “Yes.” 

Yes to the young man who loves her and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. Yes to the ring he placed on her finger to declare to the world his promise. Yes, on New Year’s Day, the day of new beginnings, to take the first steps into 2015 together. 

Yes. It is appropriate, and beautiful, and scary, and wonderful, and this mother’s heart is full. 

Full and leaking out of the corners of my soul. 

I say yes, too. Yes to all that has been good about the last 30 years of my own marriage. And to all I hope and pray for hers. 

Yes, that marriage can make you a better person. It is the first opportunity, really, to love another more than you love yourselves.  

Yes, that marriage can make you better Christians. You’ll lack wisdom and claim James 1:5. You’ll lack humility and surrender to Ephesians 5. You’ll lack love and ask God to pin 1 Corinthians 13 to your hearts.  

Yes, that marriage can make you a better daughter and a better son. The veil will lift, and you’ll begin to understand that what you took for granted in your parents’ marriages didn’t come naturally. Or easily. Or without a price.  

Yes that marriage is the closest we come to understanding the Father’s passion for his bride. How he gently woos her, fiercely defends her, and lays down his life for her. How she serves and honors him, respects and supports him, and keeps herself only for him. 

Yes, that marriage is the hardest, easiest, happiest, saddest, craziest, calmest adventure you’ll ever embark upon. It will strengthen your faith, broaden your reach, and open your hearts. You’ll love deeper, cry harder, and laugh longer. Your home will become a haven for lost souls, a warm fire for the lonely, and a gathering place for the beloved. 

Yes, that it is not good for a man to be alone. That God created a helpmeet for him. That leaving and cleaving will not distance you from your families, but serve to draw us closer, for as you love each other, so will your love splash out onto those who love you. 

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Cor. 1:20). 

Yes. 

 

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2 comments:

  1. YES, this is a terrific post. Congratulations to you, your husband, your daughter and future son-in-law.

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  2. How true it is that the good things in marriage do not come naturally or without price!

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