Beach Blessing

He takes the bitter and makes it sweet.
He takes the broken and makes complete.
He stores your tears in a heavenly vase;
Turns them to joy by amazing grace.
Trade in your doubts, those tattered seams;
He will then weave them to brand new dreams!

2010; edited 7/2020

In early 2010 I joined the celebration of this sweet wedding on the beach in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was such a poignant picture of the Holy Spirit showing up to bless this union between two imperfect people brought together by God’s grace. They were ministers at a local congregation. I added the dove and blurred the periphery to illustrate the focused presence of God that day. Several days later I surprised them with a framed photo. To this day I can’t recall their names, but the memory remains indelible.