Posted by: jmdenham | July 27, 2016

Happy Anniversary Elana!

3 years today.  Wow.

  I am grateful for our three years, since it has included being challenged and blessed, encouragement and discouragement, ups and downs, great joys of a new child and great lows with outside influences.  We have enjoyed the laughter and blessing of Ryan and Aiden, great family, trips to California and a great church around us. We have had a mix of emotions and experiences but we still strive to be partners through it all. But there is something about our marriage which reminds me constantly of the cost and reward of our love.  Thank you for your patience and your beauty and your love.  The poem below is from Maya Angelou and I dedicate it to you:

Touched By An Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage

exiles from delight

live coiled in shells of loneliness

until love leaves its high holy temple

and comes into our sight

to liberate us into life.

Love arrives

and in its train come ecstasies

old memories of pleasure

ancient histories of pain.

Yet if we are bold,

love strikes away the chains of fear

from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity

In the flush of love’s light

we dare be brave

And suddenly we see

that love costs all we are

and will ever be.

Yet it is only love

which sets us free.

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