This summer has been a segment of life which has gone by very quickly, and yet has been marked by many important milestones. It has been the type of summer to which I think I will look back in the future. Many lessons and ideas can be drawn from it. Yet, if I were to bring it all down under one word, I would say it was for me a rediscovery of the reality and power of the christian notion of love. Continue reading
What an amazing vacation. Huge whales, sunny beaches, delicious local food, great Hawaiian coffee, stunning scenery, colorful fish, majestic waves… Sigh. Words fail. It truly was an amazing time. So amazing in fact, that there isn’t any experience in life that I can compare to it. Going out to dinner the last night on Kauai and reflecting on the past week, I was just overwhelmed with wonder at how amazing everything was, how amazing God’s grace was even in this time that my wife and I had together. Continue reading
It seems like we live in a society that has nearly completely ceased to believe in marriage. I was not the least surprised to see the crazy looks that I got when I told various people at work and school that I was getting married last year. The widespread impact of the sexual revolution of the past few decades has largely forced out the acceptance of the idea of unconditional, lifelong commitment to one individual.
After all, why would you commit to someone in this way? You never know who they might become tomorrow. What if you wake up one morning and find that the person that you thought was so perfect is actually full of flaws and imperfections? With our consumer mentality, we want a person who will fit us and won’t challenge or stretch us too much.
The first days of marriage life are such a unique and precious time, blooming with excitement, warmth and love. Flying back from our honeymoon I just want to soak in every bit of this awesome time. The days that lie behind are already molding into sweet memories that will be cemented in my heart forever. The days that lie ahead are also full of promise and excitement. Sitting here in this crowded noisy airplane, with my lovely wife next to me, I am filled with a deep joy and excitement about life every time I stop to consider all that is happening.
Where will life go from here? How do I make the most of this magnanimous gift of grace which God so abundantly pours out into my life? Only time will tell.
Sometime last year I ran into this quote from Fyodor Dostoevsky. Its honesty and profundity stuck with me and reminds me of a daily reality that we all face.
“I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, of all the blood that they’ve shed; that it will make is not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.”