The news of a family came in the mail. Beautiful wedding invitations stand out from the pile of ads, flyers and assorted junk mail. We looked at the return address and recognized the relatives that would soon be enjoying a gathering of the whole family.
It was a long distance away. The miles and years have made the relative faces less and less familiar. Nevertheless, it is about family.
My memories have dulled over the decades. Now, youngsters have matured into adults. They have met special people and fallen in love.
They have announced the day that they would say “I do.” In front of God and witnesses they exchange vows for life. According to God’s Word two would begin their lives together as one.
As family we would gather from many miles and join in the celebration. Our travels would take half way across the country. Thousands of miles lay between us and the site for the nuptials.
Going to a wedding many states away requires a lot of planning and the costs are nothing to sneeze at either. Yet, it is about family.
My checklist was long. Slowly but surely one item after the next was checked off. It took time, scheduling and effort. But, after all, it is about family.
Many weddings just happen at impossible intervals when work and travel are just impossible. Hopefully, family members understand. Maybe people understand that the great distance only allows us occasional appearances. Surely, they will understand. After all, we are family.
The two legs of our flight took up a good portion of the day. Traveling is tiresome but it is worth the journey. After all, it is about family.
Soon the day arrived. We dressed up, drove across town and saw the gathering of people. The mood was celebratory.
It was an outside wedding. The sun was shining and cumulus clouds gave us occasional respite of shade. Reunions with good friends and distant relatives happened on every turn.
Catching up with news, exciting changes and life moments filled up the day. The ceremony was delightful and the reception program was very entertaining. There were loads of smiles and laughter.
Conversations and introductions followed the meal. Names and connections were clarified. Newly discovered relatives sunk roots together.
Family is special. There are never guarantees like choosing friends because we do not choose our relatives. We inherit them by genetics. Love them by choice. It adds to our family value.
photo credit: brucefong photography