Just popping in quick-like this beautiful Friday morn.
My hair is full of color to keep the gray roots at bay, my desk littered with supplies to work with flowers for the Hubs' baby brother's wedding tomorrow... our home filled with family guests from across the country, here to witness the sharing of vows.
I am so honored to be bundling flowers, tying them with ribbon, love, hope and whispered prayers.
There is such a reverence in preparing for a wedding. The act of dressing for the day, the choices, the preparation of body, mind, and spirit. The deep breaths, the eventual walk up the aisle. The prayers, the tears, the butterflies. The joy.
I've been working on a very simple study of 1 Corinthians 13 this week, part of a group I belong to called Hello Mornings. So this morning was very fitting to be up before my family, coffee in hand, thanking our Creator for life and love; and rejoicing in the joining of two young lives in one more sleep.
1 Corinthians 13English Standard Version (ESV)
The Way of Love13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Much love to you, Aaron & Kaiti. So proud. Love one another. Be joyful with one another. Serve each other selflessly. Hang on tight to that sparkly love you have for one another right now--you never know when you might need to pull it out to light the way through darker times.
Now I'm off to shower, pick up flowers, and start a day anew.
Blessings to you this beautiful May long weekend.