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The Love of My Life

September 26, 2009 1 comment

During the weekend of September 20, 2009 Danielle and I attended a marriage retreat at St. Malo’s Retreat Center near Allenspark, Colorado. I’ve seen pictures and heard it said how beautiful it is, seeing is believing. Add to that being with the most important person in the world and you have something beyond expression. We learned a lot about each other and remembered what brought us together some 12 years ago.

St. Malo's Retreat Center

St. Malo's Retreat Center

West side of Chapel at St. Malo's

West side of Chapel at St. Malo's

So much time was devoted to discussing our feelings and learning how to communicate. We didn’t get to spend as much time parousing the retreat center grounds but we found enough time to take a few pictures. The chapel is something to behold and scheduled events prevented us from entering. We enjoyed the simple, natural beauty of the exterior. The statue of Christ was impressive and another couple described the structure as having pieces stacked on top of each other. I can imagine the difficulty of transporting the statue to it’s place atop a rock near the center’s entrance.

Jesus Christ Statue at St. Malo

Jesus Christ Statue at St. Malo

It became obvious during our weekend that being together is not about any stimulation, it’s about being present with each other. Looking back, forward or whatever direction the discussion dictates. It’s immensely challenging as a husband to grasp that you don’t actually have to provide your bride with material of any sort. Love is our call. I understand the brokenness of humanity even less right now, but I hope to find peace in my everyday life to block out the distractions that disturb the love for my wife.

Two simple days being together in solitude, without our children (which was actually heartbreaking), gave us some time to be friends, lovers and find a new road down the road called life. The forest is still dark and cluttered, the path in many ways needs to be cleared. It’s not about the path of least resistance or great reward, in fact the path makes no difference – it’s how you share the journey. I’m troubled by so many things as an individual and yet, the love of my life gives me purpose and hope along with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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