Tuesday, July 1, 2008
WORLD WIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER--1.. COUPLE POWER
Convention 2008, Ontario, California...
My reason for joining the Encounter Movement was re-enforced and expanded:when husbands and wives choose to put their love for each other daily and visibly as first priority, their families, friends, and associates benefit immeasureably. We see that loving another person unconditionally is the greatest gift life has to offer.
An eighty-two year old friend of mine, now a widow, often tells me that she loved her husband very, very much. At the same time they went through some very hard times... he was a loyal, quiet man, who provided well for her and their children. At the same time he kept so much of himself... his feelings and hopes inside of himself.
I tease her often, saying wouldn't it be great to have some one you really cared about to while away the cold, evening nights. "Once was enough," she often responds, "I'm enjoying my independence now.
There were tough times they moved through in their relationship... hurt feelings, disappointments... when they distanced themselves from each other-- often masking their pain in either cutting remarks or silence.
I celebrate the determination and loyalty that led them to choose to stay together... cutting remarks and silence have frequently led me to turn away from people whom I had chosen as friends. (And I have turned a number of folks off because my loose lips have led to the end of a number of wonderful relationships.
Marriage Encounter offers ways that couples can work through their hurts and fears and get to know and love each other even more. I have listened to many stories and seen wonderful moments:
A mature couple publicly sharing their closeness---
Couples delighting in dancing together--
Let me end with this video of the couples dancing, during one of the breaks, at the convention: LOVE IS BEAUTIFUL, ISN'T IT?