Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
I was lucky enough to be in attendance at two weddings yesterday. I witnessed two very different weddings with two very different couples, both willing to share their love with the family and friends and to stand in front of them and God promising their love to each other.
I listened to the reading of the above Bible verse, but it didn’t really resonate with me until yesterday, after having experienced true love in my life. The priest at one of the weddings spoke about the importance of this quote and compromise in relationships. It’s vital to any relationship to put your partner before yourself, he reminded us, and that struck a chord deep inside of me.
Having just ended a relationship that spanned over four years, it was something I needed to hear that moment. The priest spoke about the importance of letting someone know you love them everyday and when he asked successful couples how they’d made it work for so long, one of their common responses was that they never went to bed angry with each other.
We’d gone to bed mad because we didn’t know how to communicate. We didn’t tell each other how much we loved the other enough because we were so angry with each other. We were sometime resentful and irritable and we failed to endure all things. But our love never ends. We never had the opportunity to stand before God and family and friends and promise our life to each other, but we get to continue to share our life together as parents that have the chance to make sure our daughter realizes the importance of what love means and why it’s important to be reminded of it, if only at the occasional wedding.