This past holiday weekend I had the privilege of witnessing two weddings. Love was the focus of each of these celebrations. Love was talked about in a way that downplayed the popular culture’s understanding of love as an uplifting, erotic, exhilarating emotional experience. Love was equated to the decision that one makes to consciously act in the other’s welfare, even, at times, setting aside that warm lovely feeling of being in love when the beloved is irritating and self-centered.
Love in these marriage ceremonies meant selfless service, always focusing on the best for the other and setting aside one’s own needs and desires.