This devotion was given by NLC Choir President, Michael Olsen, whose daughter recently got married. The piece Michael references, "I Lift Up My Eyes," was commissioned by David Salmi, who passed away on October 21, 2015. The choir will sing this piece at both All Saints concerts, November 1 and 6.
Marriage, and other rituals in which we participate, such as baptisms and funerals, bring out in me a powerful sense of gratitude. Gratitude that things went better than I had imagined, even if half of the house was supposed to be newly sided, but instead half of it was either exposed plywood or partially house-wrapped in Tyvek. Gratitude for the unseasonably beautiful weather. Gratitude for family and friends. Gratitude for wonderful new in-laws. Really. Well, mostly. But also, gratitude for the time we got to have with loved ones lost. Gratitude for life lessons learned the hard way. Gratitude for our comings and goings being watched over.