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. 

Sweet Endings
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! 
New Beginnings
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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  • June 4, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Pastoring, for us, was an unexpected new beginning, but God made the path very clear. Six years later, our printing business failed after purchasing faulty equipment with no lemon law in our state. Devastated after several attempts to revive to no avail, we weren’t sure what would be next. Four years passed before our new beginning dawned on us. We were starting a new feeding ministry, then realized if we hadn’t lost our business, we wouldn’t have the time necessary to start this endeavor, which is still going after eiht years. God is in control. His timing is perfect.

  • June 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Jena,
    What a great testimony to God’s faithfulness each time!I can relate to the failed business. How do we know when we feel so certain? One time my sister found all these bargains on various pieces of clothing. She thought I could make a great business on ebay selling jeans and baby clothes. Not a single thing sold. She was disappointed but that was obviously her skill not mine and not God’s plan. Thanks for sharing!

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  • June 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    11 years ago June 12, new beginning as we came back to the US to live, no regrets, so many blessings for Sami and for me. xxx

  • June 10, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Bettie Lou, I sure do remember. I came home mid-March of that year. I was so nervous of what my life would be like, and look how many blessings came from it. Time with my mother and family. It was about time. xxx

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