1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 says:
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prohetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
What a great passage. It really brings love to life, and emphasizes how important it is. I am so glad that I have made a commitment to the one I love. When things get hard, and they always do, I can cling to the promise found in these verses.
This weekend, Matthew's brother made the marriage commitment. Danny and Kelly were married October 17, 2009. It was a great ceremony and reception. I am so thankful for my new sister-in-law. She is a beautiful person inside and out. Danny is very lucky to have found her. Their story is very interesting. I will give you the shortened version. Danny is from east Texas and Kelly is from Connecticut. They both were vacationing in Cancun, Mexico with friends when they met. They hit it off right from the start. Neither knew if a long (and I do mean long) distance relationship would work out, but they decided just to stay in touch and see if anything came of it. Before we knew it, Danny was flying up to Connecticut to see Kelly and meet her family. Then later, she flew down to Texas to see Danny and meet his family. This went on for a while, then Kelly decided to move to Texas!!! There was a lot of stuff in between, but basically, they fell in love, and are now Mr. and Mrs. Danny Skinner!!! We celebrated their love for each other this weekend. Here are few pictures from the weekend.
The beautiful bride
My two sister-in-laws
Me and Nathan
Some new friends
Last dance by bride and groom
If you don't know, I am a HUGE Texas longhorn fan. This past weekend was also the red river rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma. The hotel that the wedding was at, where we were staying, had been rented out by the OU alumni association. This is no exaggeration, but there were 800 + OU fans staying at our hotel. We were the only people in orange. These OU fans were being so crazy, and trying to trash talk to us the entire weekend. Matthew politely reminded them that we were in Texas. =) You can imagine how this was going over with us Texas fans. We left for rehearsal dinner that night, and as we were walking back to the hotel, we noticed that the hotel had put up an OU flag outside. Matthew politely reminded us that we were in Texas and the rest is history. Here are a few pictures from that.
Taking the flag down!
We were so proud that Texas beat OU!!! We sang the Texas fight song throughout the hotel that night as the OU fans were crying. Hook em Horns!!
As you can see, this weekend was full of love. Love for a team, and love for each other. I am so thankful and blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. When we are going through those tough times, remember: Love never fails, and GOD IS LOVE!!!!