Moving Past Loneliness to Hope
Witnessing New Love
The Wedding takes Place
This past March, my family witnessed a milestone event as my brother-in-law moved past the loneliness of my sister’s death and married Deborah Halderman, a woman from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
The reception stood out in a number of ways.
Guests Share Favorite Bible Verses
In the lobby, guests were instructed to share personal well-loved Bible verses.
An inviting table was prepared with a large Bible for the couple to refer back to after their reception. .
Family, Good Friends and Food
Dave and Debbie had a caterer provided for their reception: stuffed chicken, veggies and the like. There were no-bakes, other small cookies and even, Buckeyes. Here is Mom after dinner with niece Emily.
Here is Mom with nephew-in-law, Michael and River Corbett, only great grandson.
I love this photo with Dave’s brother’s wife (Jan) and Mom. She was so happy to see Jan and Bob, Dave’s brother, again.
At the end of the meal, there were giant chocolate chip cookies to eat there or take home. There was also an interesting “popcorn bar” with food for thought.
The Bride and Groom
Finally, there were opportunities to photograph the bride and groom or even for the guests to have their photo taken with them!
During dark times, it’s hard to imagine life will get any better. But it does, and days like this mark new beginnings!
In all of our lives, there seems to be an ending point and a clearer beginning. Life is full of ups and downs. I was once asked if I preferred a calm life where there were no mountains to climb, no great contrasts to experience. I immediately shouted, “No!” Now that I’ve slogged my way up a few mountains, I might answer differently. Actually, even now, I’m happy for new sunrises and have had a few marked beginnings of my own to report.
My Own New Beginning
Last August, I had four eye surgeries to remove the “tough, thick, leather-like” matter over the central part of my retina, which started to grow after a cataract was removed at an early age. When I had only light perception in that eye, it was impossible for me to imagine being able to see!
Better days come.
God is faithful.
What kinds of new beginnings have you had? Share in the comments below!
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