I don’t know how we could have celebrated the New Year in a better way. Today, John officiated at the wedding of our friends, Chris and Melissa. It was a beautiful wedding and a wonderful way to begin the New Year.
Melissa and Chris are a beautiful couple, inside and out. They bring a wealth of understanding and love to their marriage and I really have high hopes for them. If their wedding celebration was any sign, they are thoughtful and deliberate about the way they want to live their life together.
New Year. New Marriage. New Dreams. New Love. How could there be a better celebration? Sometimes, I hear that marriage is obsolete, that couples don’t even bother to get married anymore. Well, we were part of the “Anniversary Dance” at the reception. John and I have been married 26 years and we were eliminated very early in the dance. Chris and Melissa have some good examples of long-term marriage to look up to. When the longest-married couple was asked for their advice, they answered that it is all about forgiveness and reconciliation. The husband said, “We all make mistakes and it’s whether we can forgive each other and move beyond them that makes or breaks a marriage.” I was so proud when he said that, because it was part of John’s homily at the wedding.
The marriage of friends is a great way to begin a new year. I have great love and hope for Chris and Melissa. I have great hope that 2011 will be a wonderful year. It certainly is off to a good start.