We’re celebrating the April 1 wedding of our son Eric to sweet Amanda. Adding to the joy is the appreciation of how our family and hers have easily connected in friendship. We look forward to the future that the newlyweds have together.
As Providence would have it, this wedding was completely unforeseen, for it is the second time Eric has been a groom. I have great admiration for Eric and profound thanksgiving to God as I remember the dark tunnel that my son passed through on his way to the glorious celebration of today. By God’s grace, truest friends and precious family members have supported and prayed for Eric and now rejoice with us in the love he has found.
Here we are with our new daughter-in-law and two sons in the spot where the couple made their vows to each other. I took this photo along today as I visited a 1st Grade Class with a Winners Walk Tall lesson. Earlier in the year, I illustrated the lesson on Reaching Goals With a Plan by sharing Eric’s life story of working hard at school to graduate from high school and college, of practicing instruments to reach his goal of a music career, and of making friends at church and school who helped him become the man he wanted to be. Now, I wanted to share this marriage milestone, but felt that if I left out the heartbreak of his life I could miss an opportunity to acknowledge sadness that some surely live in. The Lord gave me these words to truthfully fill in the gap:
This picture is from a happy day, but there are times when life’s not that way.
Eric got married once before, but the two had trouble and got a divorce.
It made us and Eric oh so sad. But he didn’t give up; lots of faith Eric had.
Then Eric met Amanda and friendship grew. They fell in love and soon they knew
that they never wanted to be apart – that they loved each other with all their hearts.
So they became husband and wife, and promised to love for the rest of their life.