One of my favorite scripture readings is from 1 Corinthians 13:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
This reading is used quite frequently at weddings for scripture readings during the ceremony. While I’ve always loved the reading, I’ve never had the opportunity to truly feel the impact of these words until this weekend at a wedding I was photographing in Chicago, Illinois, for some close personal friends.
I was taking some photographs of the groom and his father. The setting was private and intimate, in a beautiful chapel. This is usually the time when there is some interaction between the groom and the groom’s father, some words of encouragement and support, love, or words of advice.
This moment started out as usual, with the father adjusting the tie of the groom. The father of the groom recently lost his loving wife of many years. I knew that both groom and his father were cognizant of the bittersweet moment which was about to occur, and you could actually feel the presence of the grooms mother and the mother’s love for her son and for her husband. Quite suddenly, and without provocation from me, the father embraced his son and whispered in his ear. I choose not to reveal what was said between the groom’s father and his son nor reveal the photographs of this moment; it was a very private and intimate moment which I was fortunate enough to experience. I will not betray the intimacy of that moment; no photograph can truly duplicate the impact of such an emotional moment. I have to admit it was difficult to take the photo since my eyes were filled with tears, along with the groom and his father. This moment was a gift, and I immediately thought of the passage from Corinthians: yes, love always perseveres.