I know you are aware of the struggles that I face,
and I know you have given me the tools to overcome these challenges.
I know that you can sense my desire to be loved,
and I know you told me that my love lies within.
I know that you are aware of my desire to rid my body of this resistance,
and I know you have also given me the strength to hold on until I am ready.
I know that I continue to ask for help,
and you continue to bring me more and more teachers.
I know I have not always been the most faithful,
and I know you never lost yours.
I know I do not need you but I love to lean on you, I love to believe in you,
and I know you will pick me up when I fall,
I know you and I are one in the same,
and I know that you are closer than I often remember,
Thank you for my family,
I know they are the greatest gift I have ever received,
Thank you for Meredith,
I know without her so many times I would have been lost,
Thank you for my friends,
So many came rushing to my side when I needed them most,
Thank you for this new spark in my life,
She brings a light to my day,
I may have questioned, walked away, even damned you when my life has been tough
but deep within you never gave up.
Please God continue to give me the strength that I need right now,
Please God help me continue to let go,
You support has been and will be unwavering,
I thank you for your support and belief in me.
While something’s in my life have not played out the way I plan,
I am learning to trust you more and have that faith I so often write about,
My life has been a roller coaster the last few years, however one things is certain,
I am rediscovering myself and I am rediscovering my God
Thank you for me,
Thank you for this life,
Monday, March 12, 2012
I was so honored to be the best man in Luke and Amanda's wedding; two of the people I love more than anything in this world. Amanda had asked me to write a little something for their wedding and now that there special day has hopefully settled in I would love to share with everyone what I wrote. Hope you enjoy it:
As we stand here today to bear witness to the union of Luke and Amanda, I ask those of you who are here with a loved one to take a moment and rededicate your love to those who are closest to you. Use this moment to say a prayer for those in need. Embrace the memory of a loved one who is no longer with us. I encourage all of you to use the joy in this room to be grateful for this wonderful day.
Let today not only be a day that will be cherished forever by Luke and Amanda, but also a day that we all chose to remember. Hold onto the wonderful feelings present in this room and remember those feelings do not need to be reserved only for special occasions. Use today as a reason to rekindle the flame of love that shines so bright. Hold that feeling in your heart and embrace the power of love.
Love is something that is always present. Love never fades, we as humans simply forget to open our hearts sometimes. In moments such as these life is perfect. I see the happiness pouring through Amanda’s eyes, and I feel the butterflies in my best friends stomach. This moment is a reminder that love is always there.
Marriage is not about owning anything or needing anything, but rather marriage is an opportunity to take the person you are with and grow. Marriage is an opportunity to grow as individuals, to grow as a couple and to grow as a family.
Marriage should not be about expecting anything, nor needing anything but rather marriage should be about believing that when you trust in yourself, you trust in each other, and you trust in God everything that you need will be there.
Becoming husband and wife is not about expecting to get anything but instead marriage is about those moments when you look in each other’s eyes and realize what you can give to each other. In this sharing you both become more complete.
Luke and Amanda as you come together today to take this beautiful step in your lives remember this moment right here when times get tough. Embrace the challenges together, trust in each other, open up to each other and there is nothing you will not be able to do.
The greatest gift you can give each other is the promise to be the best person you know how to be. A promise that does not rely on unreasonable expectations, but rather a belief that no matter how life unfolds we will take it in stride and do our best to be true to oneself.
In your best moments and in your worst moments, honor who you are, do not be afraid to turn to each other for comfort, trust that you are not alone and always remember that when you look at each other through the eyes of love first you will be guided by God.
***I love you guys!