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Monday Mottoes – #10

thWe’ve had some interesting events of late during this 35th wedding anniversary month. The two of us staged a wedding re-enactment of sorts for our friends, not a “renewal” per se, but explaining what different wedding traditions were and what they could mean to us today.  Many friends, both singles and couples, attended, and there was not a dry eye in the place.

Some of it may have been due to me.  When I got to my line, which is our motto for the day, “Ani l’dodi, v’dodi li”, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” my voice 5280934T1ano-ldodi-ringcracked.

I was moved.  A collective sigh and “Aww…” went up.

We did the re-enactment in two different geographic locations, chuppah, candles, and all, and both times, I sailed through the Hebrew, but the last two words came out in a whisper, caught in my throat.  It was as if we were marrying long ago.

beach-weddingFriends, there are times in life to recognize what is beloved to us.  What, or who, is worth our time and best efforts?  When should we be tender, even in the midst of busy schedules, recognizing that this friend, this mate, this relative is much-loved?  Always remember to keep that freshness, that sensitivity that is meant especially for those nearest and dearest, who are all too often taken for granted.

It is a giving and a receiving in marriages and in friendships, where we can be so totally ourselves, and so giving, knowing that the other person is “there” for us just as much, if not more.


Happy Monday, everyone!


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4 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar Sybil says:

    Such beautiful sentiments and so well expressed. Thank you!
    We have been going through serious health issues with my husband Bob and he keeps saying, “thank you for always being there for me”. In all our years together this is the first time he has expressed this. I want to remind all here what you hear so much in life, “say the kind and loving words while you can because you never know what tomorrow brings”. He is due to have a stem cell transplant in a few weeks. We would love all prayers from anyone and everyone.

    • avatar admin says:

      Sybil, we will be praying for Bob-! I’m sorry you’re both going through this, but it’s true that when we’re squeezed, what’s been there all along will come out. How wonderful that he is feeling your love, rather than fear over what tomorrow may bring. I will be in Jerusalem in a couple of weeks and will pray for him there, too (a local call to heaven…). Psalm 103 has always been very encouraging to our family. The Lord is on the scene and will bring Bob through.

  2. avatar Sybil says:

    Thank you, prayers in Jerusalem would be so appreciated. There is a little girl named Juliana Carver, adopted from Russia, who also has cancer. She has just gone through her 3rd total round of chemo, etc. I keep track of her and pray for her too. She has gone through so much in her little lifetime. Please, if you can include her name in your prayers too. Like Bob, she also has a CaringBridge site. We all need to count our blessings if our children are relatively healthy.

    • avatar admin says:

      Absolutely, Sybil, we would be happy to pray for Juliana. Cancer is difficult enough to deal with, but for children…. My husband went through very dark days some years back and was not given a good prognosis. There’s no other way to say it, except that after prayer, there was a complete and total reversal within days. The doctors said it was “an amazing turn of events”. Miracles still happen and I love to encourage others that the Lord will do the same for them. Big hugs!

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