Not long after our own celebrations, we attended our friend and church translator extraordinaire Lirak's wedding in Tirana, Albania. We were excited to visit another country (we hadn't made it to Albania yet, though it's only an hour away), and even more pleased to see a long-awaited marriage for these two lovebirds.
Because Christianity is such a small minority in Kosovo and Albania, young people like Lirak and Suela often have a hard time finding a spouse. And even if they do, their non-Christian family and friends are likely to object. It is truly miraculous to see a marriage come together for them. Their wedding was beautiful, with sweeping views of the countryside, a stunning bride, and lots of fun Albanian dancing.
My prayer for married couples—especially our newlywed friends—is that they would be given a calling that requires this kind of wild dependence on each other. You'd be amazed at how many petty arguments and entitlements melt away in the presence of a holy calling that requires your full heart, soul, and mind. There isn't time or energy to be unforgiving. You just have to keep forging ahead, trusting that God's grace will be abundant, which it always is.
I'm glad I married you.