I had the great opportunity to recently take part in the wedding of a really good friend of mine. I met Jarid way back when I was 12 years old. A lot has changed over the years but I am glad that we have stayed connected through all of life’s twists and turns. We went to school together just outside of Pittsburgh, PA in a village called Imperial, and yes it is a village. It says so right on the sign. I am now living in Indiana, and he is currently residing in Texas. His lovely wife Joni is from Texas, and oddly enough my wife is from Indiana. Interesting how that works out isn’t it. I have lots of memories of Jarid growing up. Ask me to show you the home video we made one summer day years and years ago. It is horrifying to watch now. To think we were that geeky, okay maybe not that much has changed, well for at least one of us. We were in a rock band together, I was the lead screamer. What an amazing front man I was, or not. They seemed to get much better once I was off the stage. We even attended college together for a few years. Now there are some really crazy times. That is where Jarid first met Joni. But there love story starts many years later. I won’t even attempt to tell it. I will save that for them to share once they get a blog.
Okay enough of the nostalgia, back to the wedding. Did I mention it was in Texas in July? No, how about that it was an outdoor wedding in Texas in July, during one of the worst heat waves in Texas history? Yes sir, it was 102 without the heat index. All complaining aside it was a fantastic day. To see how God brought these amazing two individuals together and to be a part of that day, it was simply amazing. Jarid and Joni were beaming, and it wasn’t just from the extreme heat. You could just see it on their faces, the anticipation, the love, the excitement, all of this while staying incredible calm and peaceful. There is something so precious about seeing two people who are so deeply in love with each other joining together as one. I was honored to play a small part in such a special day.
Seeing them together, and being at that wedding took me back 7 years earlier in the same month when I married my amazing wife Kristi. It made me appreciate the love we have for each other, and the commitment we made to each other. Time goes by so quickly and we face challenges as in every marriage, just having children is enough to test your marital bonds. I still very much love her and I am thankful that God brought her into my life. She is a wonderful wife and mother and I can’t imagine my life without her.
I am so excited for Jarid and Joni. I can’t wait to see all of the great things that are in store for them. I am privileged to still call Jarid my friend. I am so incredibly happy for him. I pray the very best for their marriage and that they would live a full and blessed life that is pleasing to God. I know they will face challenges and adversity but as they put their faith in God and look to him I know they will overcome any obstacle that comes their way.