Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it’s what you are expected to give — which is everything.
Like many millions, I watched the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton….now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Friday morning…..just as I watched another royal wedding 30 years ago. I hope and pray that this marriage lasts. I believe it will! This was not an easy decision for this particular couple to make. Knowing how the history of the failed marriage of Prince Charles and Diana deeply impacted the nation of Great Britain and the perception of the monarchy, I am sure there were many nights of lost sleep and much soul-searching over the last years by this young couple. But I am equally certain that the decision they made to join their lives was made knowing the hard work that would be required to keep this marriage alive and vital and loving. Being married is hard work…probably the hardest work any person will ever do. Unless someone can honestly say they plan to still be married, AND in love 50 years from now, it should not be undertaken. Today, we live in a disposable society. The things we find distasteful or disagreeable or simply difficult are balled up and tossed out with the trash. We spend our lives today trying to re-invent ourselves over and over in the misguided belief that we can achieve ultimate happiness, when often, true happiness was there all along we just missed grabbing a hold tightly the first time it presented itself. Mignon McLaughlin said, “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” I believe this is the young couple that will reunite the monarchy and the common man. But even more, I believe they are truly in love and will fall in love with each other again and again and again….and grow old together, holding future generations in their arms.
A prayer for the couple
Heavenly Father, we ask that you help these newlyweds to forgive one another’s failings and grant that they may know patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.