Happy 2nd Anniversary!
Dear Connor and Emily,
The Lord intended for us to remember! He set up holidays and celebrations to become traditions because he knows how forgetful we are. Even the 5th commandment to remember the Sabbath is an opportunity, not for us to amuse (which literally means to not ponder) ourselves but to refresh and restore and realign our lives with the purposes of the Lord. Anniversaries are an important part of life. They too remind us of important events, both personal and cultural. Whether we’re marking a birthday, a wedding, or a momentous event, an anniversary puts a pin on the calendar to remind us of something that matters to us. It’s a chance reflect on a relationship and to celebrate a joyous event.
Whatever the anniversary, it gives us a chance to look back over the years since the event we’re marking, and reflect on how it has shaped us. Remembering the past (but without letting it rule us) can be an important part of understanding who we are.
There can be pressure to do something amazing to mark the date of a wedding anniversary, but it can be a wonderful way of regrouping your relationship. Doing something as simple as having a meal together and remembering the day you met, got engaged, married, can be a way of reminding yourself why you fell in love in the first place. It’s important to make time for each other in a relationship, but it’s inevitable that life just gets in the way sometimes. Work, chores, the school run – life conspires against us, and all too often our relationship is the thing that takes a back seat. So an anniversary is a good excuse to focus on your relationship, and perhaps set some goals for the year ahead. And of course it’s great to enjoy the memories or establish some traditions in an a-musing way!