The Suitcase

Taking a break from packing to reflect….

In less than a week I marry my best friend!  Friday can’t get here fast enough.  I am crazy in love with you Laura…..we have been through so much.

Marriages are not designed to fail. But they do. And when they do, pain is unevenly distributed…everywhere. Relationships, often those closest to us, are damaged and need the touch of our Healer.  And patience.  And compassion.  And time.  You say you give unconditional love?  It is here that you get to practice what you say you believe….

Unpacking over the past 3 years I have learned, through those around me, how to love….and how not to love.  And that’s OK, both lessons are necessary to our growth.  We’ve all been guilty at some point of failing those around us.

Metaphorically speaking – it’s taken me 3 years to unpack the emotional and relational consequences of divorce.  And I’m not done.  But today I begin to pack for a new journey – a union with my best friend.  Becoming one with the one who has loved me completely.  A marriage to the one whom I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with.

Easy?  Hardly. But Micah 7:8 has been the verse that has brought me comfort during the darkest years – “Our enemies have no reason to gloat over us. We have fallen, but we will rise again. We are in darkness now, but the Lord will give us light.”

His mercies are new each morning.  Hope does abound.  I love you Laura.  You have taught me what it looks like to fall down and get back up.  How to make right the wrongs. How to love those who are hard to love, especially when that person is me.  I can’t wait to say “I do” and become your husband.  This journey up to this point has been a crazy ride, and I cant wait for adventure that is tomorrow….with all that I have, and all that I know – I love you!!!

Back to packing the suitcase – thank you God for the room in it that YOU created.

The Suitcase