Dear Matt and Ashley, dear friends and family gathered here for this joyful occasion, God’s grace and peace to you all. Matt and Ashley, I was thinking as I wrote this message for today About how love is often expressed in song and poetry And then I was thinking about all the great poets, like… Continue reading A Wedding Sermon – all in Rhyme!
Philosopher and Theologian Saint Augustine wrote: "Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. It is like roots that grow toward each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches you find that you are one tree and not two."
When I think of love, real love, selfless love – that is what I think of…those thousands of teeny-tiny opportunities each of us get every day to try to make life better and sweeter for each other.