What took place fifty years ago? On this date in 1964, the strongest earthquake to hit North America — magnitude 9.2 — struck Alaska. The summer of ’64was called “Freedom Summer,” as young people were trained for civil rights mobilization in the South. “Freedom Summer” marked one of the last major interracial civil rights efforts of the 1960s, as the movement entered a period of divisive conﬂict that would draw even sharper lines between the goals of Martin Luther King, Jr. and those of the younger, more militant faction of the black freedom struggle. It was an Olympic year, too. Tokyo would host the games – the first in Asia.
Oh yes, my brother Charles and Marcille were married. I was an acolyte at the wedding and helped taste test the homemade brew served at the reception – did mom and dad know, I wonder? At only eleven I have very little vivid memory of the events.
I was working on travel arrangements the last couple of weeks to go out and celebrate the anniversary and realized how quickly time slips by us. Relationships can be difficult. I’ve worked with many couples who have struggled to keep it together and some who have drifted apart – some who fought every step of the way and others who seemed to have a peaceful, if not heartbreaking, end to their mutual journey. Jesus said that in heaven we would “neither marry nor be given in marriage.” For some that may sounds like bliss for others it sounds just plain confusing. I think what Jesus was talking about is that a good marriage can give you a glimpse (just a glimpse mind you) of heaven.
True intimacy with God is the ultimate reality from Jesus point of view. You know, “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” That won’t happen fully until we cross the Jordan. Real love seems to share something in common. Maybe a bit like the Summer of Freedom in 1964. Love gives freely, sacrifices nobly, and ennobles the spirit without expecting to get anything in return but when it comes back to you and you are loved with just as much passion it is sheer bliss.
Happy Anniversary Charles and Marcille. Looking forward to the Oregon Trail. To all of you planning nuptials this summer – serve the other with love and passion because if you do and it comes back to you it will be like a bit of heaven on earth.
Vol. 4 #30