Saturday, August 13, 2011

Joy, mystery, and overwhelming gratitude.

G-chat, February 14, 2011:

  4:07 AM me: HIIII
 Tamara: I KNOW!!!!!!
4:09 AM me: AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4:10 AM
 Tamara: I KNoW!!! It was so incredible
 me: .......*choking up*
 Tamara: I love you!!!!
 me: i love you
  SO much
  i am SOOOOOOOOOO proud of you guys
  and so happy.
 Tamara: YAY!!!!!!!!
 me: AH YAY!!!!

Six months later:

Just spent several hours at a rehearsal dinner celebrating and praising two of the people I respect, admire, and love most in the world.  One of my best friends in the world is about to become a wife.  I am exploding with joy,in awe at the love of God and His delight in giving good gifts,(and can not believe how lucky I am to have these kinds of people in my life).  Wedding pics will follow.

"As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one." Ephesians 5:31-32

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