It was a beautiful summer of weddings for Detroit Lakes Weddings. I enjoyed presiding at weddings on lakeshores, at a community center, at a resort, on a pontoon(!), and of course, at churches. What a joy to help so many couples prepare for their wedding day and to share in the occasion with them and… Continue reading Detroit Lakes Weddings
I adore this picture. This was the day I forgot to tell the bride and groom they could kiss. The bride looked back at me after I had already done the benediction and said, “Don’t I get to kiss him?” I laughed out loud and so did the whole congregation. I love that the photographer… Continue reading Love and Laughter
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."