Shadow Shot Sunday arrives courtesy of Tracy from Brisbane. Today, we showcase a celebration last Sunday, unexpected, unplanned and unusual. An event including the lovely Patti and myself that was stunning in its simplicity on a beautiful day.It begins for the baptism of Noah, the first child of my boss Marc and his lovely wife Teesha, a lovely couple and babe. The event was held at the beautiful set-in-stone, friendly and very accommodating St. James Church in Stratford Connecticut. This church, being in an urban setting, has parishioners of all ethnicities and races, a true mosaic of worshipers. The service was wonderful, also including a first Communion, too. But more was in store…
I like to arrive early for any event, verifying wheelchair access and seating inside. So seated at the back of the church, we were approached by the friendly Rev. Thomas F. Lynch. He asked about my issue – I said it is MD, and (pointing to Patti) the cancer treatments she is receiving. He saw Patti, left hand sans rings, and asked if we were friends. I said that actually we are married and had our 25th anniversary recently. Did we celebrate?
Not yet, but maybe after the treatments are done. He said to each of us a thoughtful prayer of blessing to each of us. Then he asked us if we had renewed our vows? See me after the baptism about this renewal.
The baptism ceremony was held after the reading of the Gospel and was lovely. There was later a parade around of the new young Communicants, all dressed in white. At the end of the service, Father Tom said that we had a couple today with challenges in their lives (MD and cancer) who have had their 25th anniversary and would like to renew their vows. Patti looked at each other, and we ambled to the front of the congregation.
I don’t remember the exact words of Father Tom, although he no doubt has officiated over many a wedding and knows the right words. Beaming as we were, we repeated to each other the vows. And so prompted, we sealed the vows with a kiss. The tall and elegant Patti and the shorter me went back to our seats amid a thunderous applause. This renewal was very life affirming, and there is no one else I’d like to meet life’s challenges with.
There was many a camera in attendance, and the pictures are starting to be sent to us. These are the scenes we have now, and the shadows (and reflection in the marble floor) are there. I see celebrations and shadows so often go hand in hand!