This is my baby.
He’s getting married in a few days, so naturally I’m getting all sentimental about this child.
I love this picture because it captures a moment I treasure, the perfect day.
A summer day, barefoot on green grass, peaceful river, gentle breeze, garden ready for planting, Wisconsin cheese t-shirt, worn out blue jeans, favorite blankie hanging on the clothesline.
So, reflecting on this photo, here is a blessing for my son as he marries his love:
May you have the perfect summer day to begin your life together.
May you walk in green pastures of provision and rest by still waters of peace.
May you be refreshed by the wind of the Spirit blowing through your lives.
May you sow seeds of faith in the fertile ground of love and reap a bountiful harvest.
May you remember where you’ve been, who you are, and whose you are.
May you find satisfaction in hard work and a job well done.
May you always feel wrapped in the security and comfort of the love of God and family.
I never cared much for the sport of wrestling. My kids went for other sports in high school, like basketball, volleyball and baseball. The thought of two sweaty bodies in skimpy leotards rolling around on a mat in front of a crowd of people makes me a little weak. I confess — I’ve never attended a wrestling match, so I shouldn’t knock it, but it’s just not for me.
Or so I thought.
As it turns out, I do a lot of wrestling.
Reading through the Bible brought me to Genesis 32 — a wrestling match. In this corner: Jacob. In the opposite corner: the God of the Universe. Such a formidable opponent didn’t stop Jacob from stepping on the mat. In fact, it seemed Jacob had been training for this main event his whole life. Jacob and his twin brother, Esau, started wrestling in the womb; Jacob, the Deceiver managed to grapple the birthright away from Esau; Jacob, the Conniver contested Laban over sheep and wives.
But this time was different. After spending the whole night tangled in a no-decision, Jacob refused to cry “uncle”, even when his hip went out of joint. All for a blessing. Jacob received what he had been struggling for, and more. He came away from the contest with a new name and a limp. And no more need to wrestle.
What am I wrestling with right now? Letting go of children, growing older, desires for future dreams. The key for me is to stay on the mat. I welcome the struggle because it means I’m tangled up in His arms, I’m close enough to feel His breath, I can sense His strength. If I let go, I might avoid the limp, but I might miss the blessing.
“I will not let You go until You bless me.” Genesis 32:26