CommitmentBy Brenda Byassee for the Wedding of Wes and Amanda, 2001
Written as a Tribute to the Marriage of Jack and Charlene Martin
Commitment begins like a spring,
Bubbling gently from the deep recesses of our souls.
It’s that first awareness of love,
A little frightening yet exhilarating.
The first look of recognition as your eyes meet across the room.
It’s that first decision in your heart.
And pools there,
Prodding, pushing, moving, changing
From that first bubbling of the spring into a beautiful pond.
It’s the knowledge that she’s the one;
That certainty that you want to share the rest of your life with him;
That feeling of deep caring and passion;
The seeking of God’s will and God’s ways.
Stretch and test its boundaries
Causing the growth of a deeper, fuller lake:
Honor, respect, enduring love, forgiving heart, pride in each other.
And so it goes with commitment,
Until one day its ocean waves
Tell the story of those promises kept, trials met, joys felt,
Remembering when two became one.
They pound with passion
Roaring their presence.
They move swiftly, overlapping,
So busy in their journey:
Children, jobs, conflicts.
Until, finally, they wash gently ashore
As the stronger cares for the weaker,
No longer remembering
There once was two.