The Wedding of Alicia Dailey and Jacob Hinkle from 1 Peter 4:8-11…
Grace and Peace to you
My sisters and brothers in Christ
As we struggle to love one another selflessly
Just as the One Who Loves Us
Because He gave of Himself
Out of Love
So that we might Live,
Our Risen Savior and Lord,
What the World Needs Now
Is Love, Sweet Love
It’s the Only Thing,
That there’s just too little Of-
Do we hear the conviction in this simple song?
Do we hear the truth, reverberating back out to us?
Because sometimes we don’t listen to the Word in our Scriptures
Which clearly are giving us a Commandment to Love
And so we have to be reminded about Love in other places.
When this song came out, it was 1967
There were struggles in our society about love-
About loving our neighbor
About having compassion for those
Who regardless of who they were
More importantly the reflection of the Creator in their features
What the World needs know
Is Love, Sweet Love
Not just for some
But for everyone.
The sad truth is that over 50 years later,
We still have not grasped this notion of Love.
We continue to struggle in our global society about Love,
We are so immersed in this strive to achieve things
We are so stressed out about how this journey of Life
Becomes so rocky and perilous
We have become so individualistic and self-absorbed
We are blinded to the pain and suffering etched
On those faces of fellow sisters and brothers in Christ
And in Faith
Walking right past us.
We are so wrapped up in proving ourselves right
Proving we follow the rules and regulations,
To the Letter
And somehow that proves that we are worthy
That we forget to have compassion for those
Whom we have the ability to reach out, and embrace
To stand alongside them when they are broken
To raise our voices, reminding those who refuse to Love
Of what our calling has been given to us, about Love.
Because it is only through forgiveness and compassion
That we can truly be in community with one another
As we were created to.
Who are we,
To keep an account of one another’s sins
When we conveniently forget the sins we have committed?
And that’s one of the biggest mistake we make
In our relationships, in our friendships, in our marriages
We find ourselves unable to love those
We hold dear
Or those we pass the peace with
Because our love is lacking in compassion,
Jesus Christ came among us
And taught us
That we were to love one another
As GOD LOVES US.
If God can love us at our worst
At our clumsiness
At our imperfections
At our foolishness-
God loved us so foolishly,
Even when we as humanity over and again
Turned away from the Love of God,
God transformed something so ugly
Into a symbol of RESURRECTION
And gave us HOPE
OF NEW LIFE
AND LOVES US ANYHOW
And so we are reminded of that Love
And so wherever we are,
We have the power of spreading that Love
Until our world is infected with the Love that comes from God
And that’s what you both are called to,
Jake and Alicia
You are both Children of the Creator God
You are called to love one another
And share that Love with those around you.
Now, I am not saying there will not be days
When you struggle to love one another
Anyone here who loves someone so deeply
That they pledged to share the rest of their lives with
Can attest to that
Never, ever walk away
Go to sleep
Ignore a text, an email
Because you are not feeling the love
Remember why you Love one another
And when you do forget
Those here gathered around you on this day of Love
Will embrace you in Love, Mercy, Grace
And you’ll remember,
That this world needs love
And it starts with each one of us.
Thanks Be to God.