unpredictable happen. A benefit of letting go of that which we
cannot control is a more peace-filled walk through life.
Despite the twists and unexpected detours along this
weekend, we still experienced great joy and true family,
permeated with hope and the beauty of new beginnings. I
believe this is an accurate picture of life, particularly life in
partnership with another. There will be times of exhilaration
and contentment coupled with periods of pain and unexpected
sorrow.
As I reflected on the many aspects of this wedding
weekend, I was instructed and inspired. To each of my children
as they partner up and form families, I offer this blessing:
When things go a little bit or a great deal awry and the
unexpected shows up in your days and years ahead, I wish you
grace in each moment. I hope that you know true love and joy
all along the way. I echo these words that were sung as I
experienced an emotional mother-son dance: “There was
nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our
name.”28 I am most honored to be family with you.
****
As the day approached for our middle son to exchange
marriage vows with his fiancée, I received an email request
from Sybil, the mother of the bride. She had a special wish.
Her desire was for us to assemble a basket together. She
wanted to fill it with favorite items representing each of our
individual families as well as some that symbolized our
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