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For Hal and Michael

On the Occasion of Their Wedding: In the beginning was Love

One of the foundational properties upon which all mathematical truths are built is the transitory property. If A=B and B=C, then A=C. Scripture teaches us that God is Love. It also teaches us the Word is God. Therefore, the Word is Love. In the beginning was Love, and all things came into being through Love. Without it, not one thing was made. Darkness could not overcome Love, death could not kill it, laws and institutions could not banish it, fear could not drive it out. Love has remained from the beginning, woven into the fabric of creation like the transitory property that knows Love from God is the light for all people.

The love professed at this altar tonight by Michael and Hal is a shining ray of that same light that has been shining since the beginning.

It shines through their journey, through green pastures and through and over the tall mountain oaks. It shines through the secret depths woven in the earth. Their ray of light shines as generously as the scattered wildflowers blowing with the wind and in the sacred memory of God that holds love in an eternal heart, a heart that can roll stone and shine through the darkest times.

Hal and Michael’s love is filled with light that lives beyond feeling and is powerful enough to cut through dense forests to light new paths for others. The overflowing cup of their light spills over into the world to shine on others as they work for economic freedom and justice for all in their care for the most vulnerable. Their marriage is a powerful union that will feed the light that burns bright, but does not consume. It is a light that doesn’t burn out.

The word that is Love is costly. And so it makes sense if when seeing Michael and Hal stand and prepare to make their life vows brings a well of tears from the depths of our hearts, we weep in the face of Love.

Love that from the beginning asks us to lay down our lives for its sake, to hold it as our highest principle, and create a longing as a deer searching for its water brook. And so as we witness Michael and Hal swear their lives to each other and love, we weep, as we behold Love before us and watch them vow to live into its covenant.

So let us pause in the face of the love we behold. Let us bow our heads to the haloed bands of light pouring down upon you, Michael and Hal. Let us dance with the candle flames lit by hope and joy. Let us stand as still as a single ray in awe and thanksgiving for this moment where we hear the word, and the Word is Love.

Wherever the light carries you, the Word will be with you.

Whenever long and restless nights cast long shadows, the Word will be with you.

However you continue to share the light through your work and marriage, the Word will be with you.

This is the Word, and the Word is Love. 

"The Spirituality of Hope:" Visiting Christ Church Charlotte


god has carried me through, and he has taken me out of bondage. and now, it's like i can live. i can live. i can hope. i can dream. i can tell our story. and i can help the next woman that's out there--who felt the same way i felt. and, i am able connect with her on a deeper level because of my experience, strength and hope. and the dream continues. that makes it worth living because i'm a survivor, not a victim. anika

when i started magdalene, i didn't know that my own story had anything to do with why i was drawn to women on the streets. i mean, that's just kind of how our ministry goes, and the idea of the wounded healer that comes out is that your heart is open to compassion when you get a sense of the grace that comes your way...i was going to the streets to meet part of myself and to be about that story having a better ending for a lot of the women. becca

we were so pleased to visit christ church charlotte in charlotte, nc last month and take part in their faith forum. please click on the link below to hear some powerful and healing words from becca, anika, and mary stuart. thank you rev. chip edens and your entire congregation!