Friday, November 13, 2009

Our First Dance

Ecclesiates 3:1, 4b- There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven- ...A time to mourn and a time to dance.
I was finally able to get our printer/scanner working again. I had been wanting to scan a picture that we had been given recently. It is of Brian and me dancing at a friend's wedding. The moment was so special to us because we had not gotten to have a first dance at our wedding. It was the only regret I have of our otherwise perfect day.

I don't think our pastor at the time realized that we would be having the main reception at an off site location, so he had spoken to my father, who was a church staff member at the time, and requested that we not have dancing at our reception. In honor of his request, we did not dance at our reception, but I have always felt "cheated" out of that special moment with my husband and then my father (father/daughter dance). In March, our friends Allison and Bruce were married, and Brian and I decided ahead of time that we would have our first dance at their reception. I can't tell you how giddy I felt and how badly I wanted the meal to be over with so I could dance with my husband. When the couples dance came up, Brian and I went to the floor, and it was everything I dreamed it would be. The photographer took an unposed shot of us, and the couple sent it to us with their thank you card (they found out that it was "our first dance"). I love the moment that this picture captures. It shows us just enjoying each other's company.
So many times we flippantly say that God is a God of second chances, but we do not always realize that those chances are not only in fixing a past wrong in our lives, but they also include giving us a second shot at enjoying a missed moment. Lord, I will always be thankful for the second chance to have our first dance.


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