Just a short post this morning. Not for lack of content so much as lack of time. We arrived in Virginia Beach, we’re settled in the hotel, and people are starting to arrive.
Most importantly, we finally met Alicia. She flew in with Andrew yesterday afternoon and Rebekah and I spent the most delightful evening getting caught up.
NATURAL: Let me just share – at the risk of sounding sentimental – how grateful we are that Andrew and Alicia have found one another. I’ll let the photograph tell the story, I think their expressions are much clearer than my words.
So we went out – just the six of us – to enjoy dinner together and get to know one-another. We shared stories, we laughed, we learned some family history… and it wasn’t difficult to understand why Andrew is so much in love.
Quite simply, Alicia is a natural. She’s genuine, she’s intelligent, and she’s full of life. It’s going to be a treat to watch their commitment turn into a new family and the great adventure of a shared life.
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in trouble, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality. – Romans 12:9-13
THIS WEEK’s WEDDING: We’re here in Virginia Beach to celebrate my niece Faith’s wedding to Steve. As I see the joy that’s evident in Alicia and Andrew, I pray so hard that the love that is promised at this weekend’s ceremony will be genuine, rooted in affection, and that – above all else – Faith and Steve will “outdo one another in showing honor.”
I can’t think of a better basis for a successful relationship. “Outdo one another in showing honor….”
If there’s one thing Rebekah and I work at with deliberate intention, it’s the honoring one-another part of the relationship equation. Are you listening, Faith and Steve? I sure hope so. Because nothing else is going to matter all that much if you get that part wrong.
HAPPY FAMILY: The only face missing in this picture is Craig’s – he’ll fly down from Connecticut tomorrow. Over the past few months, David has added such a spark of joy to our family portrait. And now it is the most natural thing in the world to have Alicia in there too.
Like I said, we are so grateful and so blessed. Is this a cool family or what?