Friday, May 25, 2012

love letters

Dear Em,
Two of our favorite people are getting married this weekend. We're so excited & can't wait to share in their special day.

I've been reading a lot of articles about what love is/is supposed to be & how it relates to marriage. While the thoughts on love were beautiful & touching, nothing seemed to quite fit into what love is to me. Recently I stumbled across the blog Discover Street. In one of her posts, Ruthy talked about a reading that was done at her wedding. I read it & finally thought, that's it! These are the feelings that I've felt within my heart but haven't been able to put into words.

"Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing.  There are many things below it, but there are also things above it.  You cannot make it the basis of a whole life.  It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling.  Now no feeling can be relied on to last in its full intensity, or even to last at all.  Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last; but feeling come and go.  And in fact, whatever people say, the state called "being in love' usually does not last.  If the old fairy-tale ending "They lived happily ever after' is taken to mean 'They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married', then it says what probably never was nor ever would be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were.  Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years?  What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, your friend-ships? 

But, of course, ceasing to be 'in love' need not mean ceasing to love.  Love in this second sense - love as distinct from "being in love' - is not merely a feeling.  It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God.  They can have this love for each other even at moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.  They can retain this love even when each would easily, if they allowed themselves, be 'in love' with someone else.  'Being in love' first moved them to promise fidelity:  this quieter love enables them to keep the promise.  It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run:  being in love was the explosion that started it."
- C.S. Lewis

Isn't it lovely when you find your thoughts put to brilliantly written words?

I love you so,


  1. hi! thanks for stopping by and reading my blog...CS Lewis is great isn't he?

    I hope you enjoy a beautiful wedding this weekend!

    1. Thanks, Ruthy. The wedding was beautiful yesterday.

      And thanks for originally sharing this quote. It's both touching & thought provoking. Had I seen it earlier, it probably would've been a read at our wedding :)

      Congrats on your pregnancy & little girl. Love love the the name you picked :)

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    1. Thanks. Hope you & your family shared a great holiday weekend.


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