Aren’t we secretly and some of us openly always up for a sappy Hallmark movie. Why does this story always strike a chord in our hearts? Because we all long for that wistful romance to be a part of our lives. I have watched a real life “Hallmark” movie play out before me.
Danielle, our oldest daughter, and her boyfriend Aaron got engaged a few weeks ago. The beauty of their love story is the simplicity of it. There was no drama. They met. They took their time and got to know each other. They started dating. They got engaged. Now they are planning their wedding.
They always invited people to be a part of their lives. They lived their love story out loud with no secrets. Nothing to hide. It is simple and sweet.
As much as they enjoy being together, they also enjoy being together with others. They have friendships they still enjoy and have not left those behind because of each other. They did not forget who they were before they met. They did not forget the friends they had before they met.
They look for ways to serve the Lord together and apart.
If I could write a script for a love story, I would write it to mirror theirs. The names would be different. The circumstances would be different. But the sweetness and the innocence would be the same.
When they got engaged, they invited all who had been a part of their journey to be a part of their engagement. They invited family to celebrate with them. They invited friends to celebrate with them.
Our lives were meant to be shared, not kept as a secret. Not meant to be held so closely to the chest that no one could read what we write.
They strive to be pure. They willingly and sweetly do nothing in private they are not willing to do in public.
They treat each other with kindness and respect. They are students of each other seeking to love the other as they want to be loved. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and do not hold these things against the other, but accept these things and encourage each other to strive toward greatness without a hint of condemnation.
The journey they have been on has been a challenge as Aaron battled cancer soon after they started dating. They grew stronger together through this difficult battle. They drew strength from each other and saw the Lord do wonderful things in and through them during this time.
Aaron and Danielle, congratulations! May this sweet journey you have embarked on continue to be a beacon to those around you of a love story that can be if we keep our eyes fixed on the “Author and Perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2). I love you both and am thankful that you have found each other.