Posted: 5:48 pm Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
By Staff Writer
I recently had the honor and privilege of officiating at a group renewal of vows ceremony. As I stood at the podium and looked out at the 40 couples who had excitedly come to declare their faith in one another and their futures I was so very moved. Love never fails.
I’m going to share a few of the words I chose for the ceremony in hopes that you can take them to heart and apply them to your relationships.
It works in every relationship you may have. With your partner, your children, your parents, your friends and colleagues…
There is an ancient text in the book of Corinthians that says this about the nature of true love:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.”
Focus for a moment on the the phrase “it keeps no record of wrongs“. There is a possibility that some of you have wronged, betrayed, or disrespected your partner in the past and perhaps a seed of bitterness still exists between you.
To those who’ve have kept a mental accounting of all of your spouse’s wrongs, bad habits, and mistakes, today I ask you (in the words of every granddaughter’s favorite song,) LET IT GO! Forgive and throw that record of wrongs out so they may be swallowed in the sea of forgetfulness. From this day forward, don’t bring it up again!
To those who have wounded, let’s look at the first sentence, “Love is kind” . If you are being kind to your partner, there is no room for hurtfulness. In the midst of kindness, no room for lies, infidelity, laziness, harsh words, or cruel accusations. No room for distrust and suspicions. There is only room for two hearts growing together as one.
If you feel in your heart you need to make amends, I’m not going to ask you to raise your hand and have a confession session as we do on my radio show, I’m not going to pry… I am going to ask you to send your spouse a signal that you have heard these words and you are willing to do whatever it takes to be loving and kind to your partner from this day forward.
Love never fails.
New Music | You Are The Reason
WATCH: You Are The Reason
When you’ve been listening to the program at night, have you heard me playing a beautiful new love song, You Are The Reason, by Calum Scott?
The song has been getting great attention and is high on the request list. Calum is the latest talented and handsome lad from across the pond to win the hearts of music lovers here in America and elsewhere.
The 29-year-old singer/songwriter revealed that at one point he threw out everything he’d written for album #1 because, in the end it just didn’t ring true for him. Taking inspiration from idols such as Adele and Sam Smith, the Yorkshire native chucked a bunch of material into the rubbish bin last year and headed back into the studio. This go-around produced meaningful songs that speak to his own life’s journey and the unforgettable experiences that’s made him the man he is today.
Click on the link provided above to watch the music video and you’ll know why You Are The Reason resonates with me. My show is about love, not just romantic love, but all the types of love that bond us to others; parents to children, sibling to sibling, friend to friend, etc. Calum obviously understands and celebrates these human relationships as well. I love him for that!
You Are the Reason, from Calum Scott’s Only Human LP, is climbing the charts; a deeply personal and touching debut album I know you’ll fall for.
BUY: You Are The Reason
Plant It! | Early Peas & Sweet Peas
If your soil isn’t still frozen, now is the time to sow some peas. The early edible kind, or the showy fragrant type. Your choice (or if you’re like me, and don’t like to make choices, both!)
You can pick up packages of seeds just about anywhere, your local garden supply, hardware story, or even grocery market probably has some.
Soak the seeds overnight in tepid water if you want to see sprouts sooner; plant in pots full of rich, moist compost, or directly in the soil wherever they will have moisture and plenty of sunlight throughout the day.
By the end of April or early may, you’ll have blooms! Dead head the Sweet Peas often, and use for cuttings. The more you cut the more they’ll grow!
Let me know all the ways you’re using your early peas. The kids and I eat so many in the garden they rarely make it to the table, but if you have better self-control than we do, I’d love to have your recipes!
New Movie | I Can Only Imagine
Opens Friday, March 16
A few weeks back, I announced that my book club pick for the month of March was I Can Only Image, a friendship with Jesus now and forever, a child’s storybook… Now I want to tell you of a movie with the same name.
I Can Only Imagine is inspired by the true story of founding member, Bart Millard, of the chart-topping group, MercyMe (named for his grandmother’s favorite saying.) He wrote it in “about 10 minutes.” I guess that’s what happens when you need to get something so important out.
Although Millard came to his faith early, his life had in no way been easy. He had a troubled home life and was disconnected from his abusive father, who died just when Millard was on the cusp of adulthood.
His life first inspired a soul-touching song that resonated so universally it crossed over from the Christian genre to Top 40. I Can Only Imagine grew from there into a novel, then a children’s book, and opens as a major motion picture this Friday, March 16.
Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out, and Woodlawn), I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, and Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.
Listen to the song, read the book, get the children’s book, then head to a movie theater!
Pet Project | The Zachariah Fund
You all know of my devastating loss recently when my son, Zachariah, left me in October. It is a daily struggle to be present when my heart is grieving so. One thing that keeps me moving forward is working on Zack’s behalf to better the lives of teens in ways that made his own heart sing.
The Zachariah Fund will help to do that. Zacky loved choir, and most especially, participating in the Madrigal Feast, a medieval theater dinner production held at our local high school each year. This event is a major undertaking with weeks of rehearsals and service projects. It is also a costly production and a consistent budgetary worry.
With help from many, we’ve established The Zachariah Fund to help perpetuate a robust choral program so that other high school students may continue to participate in the Madrigal Feast and in other choral experiences.
Please click on the link here to find out more about South Kitsap High School’s choral programs and ways that you might donate.
From the bottom of this mama’s heart, I thank you.
The first day of Spring is next Tuesday, March 20, and Easter is just around the corner, arriving quite early on April 1.
I am just now starting to see a touch of pink on the ubiquitous ornamental plum trees that line many street scapes, daffodils are wearing a full smile, and green, green, green is everywhere there isn’t mud, mud, mud.
I’m ready. You?
Let me know what your Easter and spring plans entail. What conscious choices will you be making in your life regarding renewal and rebirth? Write and tell me! D@Delilah.com.
Love never fails!