When Steve and I announced our wedding engagement years ago, we did all the ordinary things that brides and grooms were doing at that time. This included attending a Pre-Cana retreat at a local church, selecting wedding readings and readers who were close to us, and completing a Bridal Registry at the now-closed Burt’s Department Store.
Looking back on all those preparations, I must chuckle now. The adventures we have lived, the highs as well as the lows, have taken us in directions I never would have imagined. Our Scripture readings would be extremely different if we had to select them now, less sentimental and containing more wisdom! There were items on the registry that ended up being not very important, and there were gifts received, without even asking for, that have become personal treasures. Today, I reflect on one item that is especially near and dear to my heart.
A Wooden Risen Christ Wall Crucifix hangs in our bedroom to the left of the doorway. It was a gift from Aunt Ruth and Uncle Al, two very special family members who had been a part of my Pittsburgh relatives (Mom’s family) and accompanied our Hammond family on summer vacations to Michigan where my dad’s relatives lived.
With the crucifix came a small note written by Aunt Ruth, reminding us that God is, and will continue to be, a part of our married lives, come what may. That crucifix has become my daily reminder that along with God, we will get through today. Being an extremely tactile person, I touch the foot of that cross most mornings when I first get out of bed, asking God to walk with us or even saying, “We’ve got this, LORD!” I know these words are not particularly eloquent, but in my heart, it’s the sincerest prayer I know.
I’ve written about some of the changes lately in our family’s lives, and at times my anxiety rears its ugly head. But I must tell you, dear friends, I do know, deep in my heart, that it is all going to be okay. I feel as if we are surrounded with love and grace, and the words of Scripture and our liturgies strengthen me. Sunday liturgy provides the fuel I need to face whatever each week brings!
Those who trust in themselves are fools,
but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.