Readings: Psalm 21; Isaiah 24:1-16a; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Today happens to be my husband Carl’s and my 42nd wedding anniversary. We were married in 1977 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hyde Park, part of Boston – the parish Carl grew up in.
We were unofficially engaged in August 1977 ~ no proposal, ring, or actual date other than in approximately 2 years. In early October, we attended a family wedding on Long Island. The wedding was beautiful, but what I remember most was Ave Maria; the bride’s brother, Richie, had an amazing voice, and it was a gift of surprising beauty for the couple. I was wishing this song for my future wedding.
[Schubert, Ave Maria, composed in 1825 D. 839, Op. 52, no. 6; from Christmas Discs, Acme Gifts, 2005.]
In late October Carl and I learned that we were going to have a baby in late May, 1978. It was a beautiful day as we took a lovely walk through a park in Sharon to talk about our plans. The amazing surprise gift of new life felt so comfortable and so exciting at the same time. So, we decided on a December 10th wedding. It was a perfect New England December day of 25 degrees, deep blue sky, bright sunshine, and snow on the ground. The church was full of family and friends. Expecting to hear Edelweiss as I walked down the aisle, suddenly I hear a voice from the sanctuary singing Ave Maria – our Long Island family’s gift of song. I was overwhelmed with joy for this unexpected and wonderful surprise gift.
The third surprise gift arrived on May 22, 1978 ~ a healthy baby boy. A miracle of Life. The gift of birth, a gift from God.
Offered by Robin Nielson, Altar Guild coordinator, wife, mother, walking home to Bethlehem.
[Rowhouses, 2018-2019, Colin Fredrickson, artist]