In a world so fascinated by the horrors and tragedies of human fallenness, I often find myself searching desperately for things to celebrate, to remind myself that in the midst of darkness, there is hope, there is light.
Especially in this present-day, cynical culture that scorns covenantal marriage as a relic of the past, we hope to be an encouragement to others that also strive for a marriage built upon grace and unreasonable love along with us. This is why we celebrate anniversaries: because once a year, we set aside the time to remember how we love each other, why we chose each other. We reflect on the 365 days that have passed, and look forward to the next 365 with renewed hope.
Yearly traditions have begun to settle into the rhythm of our lives. We recently celebrated our second anniversary through sushi and a photoshoot with sweet friends. I’ve written before on the importance of traditions, but along with the foundation of constants, we must also remember to continue onwards and forwards. I’m particularly inept at moving forward; I tend to romanticize and lament the loss of the past, remaining stuck there. As we thought of a theme for our second anniversary photoshoot, I reflected on the beauty of having deep roots that provide stability, but also allow a tree to grow so strong and tall.
This year has been a series of uncomfortable changes and at many points has felt like a blur of so many events and people and things to do. I’m grateful for times such as these, when we can slow down and re-center, and remember the moments that meant so much. And as we remember, we can press on.
“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” –Jeremiah 17:8
Photo Credit: Nichol Ferng Photography