Christian means different things to different people. The particular Christian that I am talking about is my cousin Christian. He was married a number of months ago in Tulsa OK where he met his wife Amanda.
This past weekend they had a marriage service for the family in Philly and I was able to be a part of the festivities too. My job was to do the Unity-Candle section of the ceremony.
It was a pretty moving service.
My cousin Christian means the world to me, he is more than a cousin, he is like a brother to me.
In the Italian culture family is a big deal, the fact that Christian is getting married is a big deal.
September will mark 12 years from when his mother Sue passed away from a five year battle with Breast Cancer.
Sue was a striking women in beauty and in her walk with God.
She had a laugh that was contagious.
Aunt Sue had a big heart and just being around her you felt lifted in your spirit. There were many times as a teenager I would take the bus to NJ to hang with my cuz and his fam. Those years were probably the hardest of my life and my Aunt Sue was always there to be an encouraging source of strength and give me the courage to be myself and trust God.
As much as my Aunt Sue was a huge inspiration in my life even more so to her son Christian.
They talked a lot.
They fought a lot.
But they hugged even more.
She was the most important person in his life...most important women in his life.
Christian and I were roommates in college.
We took many walks and talked about many things.
When you're in your twenties guys always talk about girls.
(Hope of finding the one... well at least at bible college they do.)
He shared thoughts that broke my heart of what it was like to lose a mom at age 17.
He shared fears that I would never be able to handle if I was in his shoes.
He shared his heart.
Christian has now found someone to share his hopes and fears...his heart.
A special young woman to be an inspiration to his embattled soul.
I am inspired by people who have preserved thru great obstacles and tragedy and still believe in God.
That is true faith.
Christian has preserved.
Christian has faith.
I am rememinded of verse that is quickly becoming my favorite verse for this season of my life...
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." - John 16.33 (NLT)
In an age when people invent new ways and excuses to behave however they want, Christian had every right to use his mother as an excuse, he never did.
Christian is a hero to me that still holds on to his faith in God and has found a hand in his to walk in a new journey of hope together.