My parents got re-married this weekend.
I never thought I’d write that sentence.
After twenty-two years, my parents renewed their vows on Saturday. In a time where people are constantly breaking commitments, it’s refreshing that two people are making new ones. If you had told me my parents would be standing at an altar recommiting themselves to each other, I would have labeled you a liar and laughed in your face. Hard.
Life has it’s ups and downs. Its highs and lows. I’ve seen my parents go through both. I’ve seen mornings with breakfast in bed and evenings with late night dancing. I’ve heard screaming and slandering coupled with tears and doors slamming. I’ve seen flowers and cards given in acts of love. I’ve seen broken glass and furniture done in acts of spite. Because of all this, I’m amazed. I’m amazed at two people who were willing to truly forgive to continue a love that started so strongly twenty-two years ago. It would have been so much easier to walk away. They came pretty close to ending it forever as parents lived in two different places for almost two years. So what brought them back together? What overcame the scorn?
My pastor wedded my mother and father. During his speech, he recited the well known verse from 1 Corinthians:
"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."
It may sound cliche because it’s at almost every wedding, but it’s at almost every wedding because it’s the standard of love. Love consists of patience, kindness, & forgiveness. Love is without pride, rudeness and jealousy. Most of all, love never gives up. That’s where most of couples fail. When emotions run high, either one or both partners want to run away. Sometimes inevitably, couples have to separate. Let that also be done in love. I know true love flows between my parents because they held on no matter what. For the reader, I hope you seek out what true love really is. Not what’s in the movies, but raw, relentless, unconditional love. It exists and it’s for you. For the reader that has already found true love, continue to perfect it and never think you’ve arrived.
My parents got re-married this past weekend.
Just thought I’d write it again.
Grace and Peace,
James H. Chase III
James Henry Chase III, Love & Relationships Contributor
Education: CCBC Essex, General Studies
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The happy (re)married couple. ” Love Always Trusts, Always Hopes, Always Preserves”