This year just keeps getting crazier, am I right?
On top of all things happening, I got married just a few days ago. Although it is one of the worst years for a wedding, this event has been in the works since before the chaos and my heart couldn’t handle the long distance anymore (16 months ah).
Though it was not the wedding we originally planned, it was the most beautiful day. Due to Covid we had to shrink the number of people at our wedding, therefore I only had a handful of family and friends from my side. It was amazing to see this small group pull together this wedding, as well as Grant’s community, which really helped me get to know them more. Everything that happened on October 12th was a miracle- especially that my parents flew in from Canada and got home safe and healthy. I can’t even express how thankful I am for the people in my life. Many people here in Canada or overseas who couldn’t come to the wedding because of Covid supported me by sending encouraging messages, giving gifts for our new little home, checking in, praying, etc. Even though they could not come to the wedding, I felt surrounded by their love.
Being a part of The Dale has never ceased to remind me of the importance of community, and since then I’ve recognized it more clearly. Back when Covid first began, The Dale started to make phone calls frequently to check in with the community and to have a chat since we couldn’t see each other face to face. Since starting my quarantine this week, because of the travel for my wedding (on day 4), now I’ve been receiving phone calls from The Dale community checking in on me. It’s really cool to be a part of a community that looks out for each other so much. One friend said, “I’ll call you again soon so you don’t get lonely.”
This month I saw the power of prayer at work. I felt surrounded by community deeper than I have ever felt in my entire life. The Bible passage that we had in our wedding ceremony, which was recommended to me by a friend at The Dale, was 1 John 4:7-16. This passage talks about how God is love, and how the two are one in the same. In this situation, when I felt the overwhelming love from my community, I saw that passage to be true- I felt God in and around all of the things that were going on through the love that was shown.