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A Slice Of Life To Go is an online Christian blog written by Todd Thompson. It encourages people to see the beauty in ordinary moments and to know God’s unconditional, unfailing love in everyday life.

Wedding Day…For Philip & Lindsey

August 14th, 2009

(This evening I had the honor of officiating the wedding of my friends Lindsey Colvin and Philip Ramirez. A beautiful ceremony in the Colvin’s backyard vineyard under the big West Texas sky.)

It is an ordinary moment in the kitchen. Standing and talking around the island. We should probably sit down in the living room for a conversation such as this. But that’s the thing about a home…no matter how many rooms there are in the house, everyone always ends up in the kitchen.

It’s an ordinary kitchen moment at the end of an ordinary Wednesday. Not unlike countless ordinary kitchen moments this couple will experience in decades to come. Lindsey just home from work, still dressed in her scrubs. Philip, running late because air compressors don’t care about your schedule and will break down when they feel like it.

Here they stand, side by side; him holding Asher and she leaning close.

They met at Krispy Kreme. Co-workers who for a couple years experienced a secret crush for each other. Says Philip, “I saw how friendly she was with the customers. Wherever I was in the store I could look over and see her smile.” He pauses to switch Asher to his other arm. “Her smile…it melts me like butter.”

Lindsey smiles big at this and I watch to see if we’re going to have melted Philip all over the floor.

“Lindsey is everything I’ve ever looked for in a girl. She has such an upbeat attitude and she’s so sweet.” And he’s right, of course. She is so sweet.

His compliments are wonderful to her. Yet perhaps not unlike the sugary Krispy Kreme donuts, too many too fast and it’s more than one can handle. Lindsey doesn’t know what to do with his praise. She appears lost for a second. When it comes to compliments, it’s easier to give than to receive.

Philip isn’t done giving, though. He looks me in the eye and says, “She inspires me to be a better person.”

Could anything better be said about you? That you inspire someone to be a better person?

When I ask Lindsey to tell me about the man who will become her husband in a couple days, she says, “He’s the best guy I’ve ever met. When I’m with him, I’m happy. He is an amazing father to Asher.” Hearing herself describe the admirable qualities of her man, the mist in her eyes turns to rain.

Philip leans in and kisses her cheek. With gentle kindness he smiles and says softly, “You’re salty.” She laughs and wipes her eyes and they give each other a squeeze.

No doubt the friends and family witnessing this wedding have an abundance of wisdom and life experience to offer this young couple. Philip and Lindsey will do well to seek it out and apply it to their lives and relationship. Yet I can’t help but think that just maybe they have in this moment demonstrated the best wisdom any of us could offer.

If at the end of every day, be it ordinary or extraordinary, red letter or mundane, they will stand together in the kitchen, lean up against the counter and tell each other every wonderful thing they appreciate; that they will for a moment indulge in love and compliments till they blush and tears come. That soft words will be spoken and hugs will happen until the stress of life is squeezed away. If at the end of every day what happens in the kitchen is so wonderful that whatever happens outside the kitchen won’t matter.

Or as Philip said as he pulled Lindsey close, “I just know that if I’m with her, everything’s gonna be good.”

An ordinary moment in the kitchen. An ordinary moment of extraordinary love. No matter how many rooms there will be in your house someday, I pray you’ll always come back to the kitchen for moments like this.

God’s biggest blessings to you on this your wedding day. In the months and years to come, I hope we all get to come to your kitchen and see you side by side, the couple that God has brought together in love.

For love.

For always.

“We love because God first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

Todd A. Thompson – www.ASliceOfLifeToGo.com