So my mother remarks to me, as I am returning from having done my very first ever wedding, “Now all you need to do is a funeral.”
Thanks for that, Mom.
In all seriousness, I’m realizing that this next year is going to be very exhausting, and very exhilarating, all at the same time. I have a whole array of approaching firsts. My first baptism is coming up in just a few weeks, and my first wedding is but a day behind me. My first Palm Sunday is next Sunday…and my first Easter is a week after that.
I’ve been thinking about all of it as a sort of checklist, or like achievements from the X-Box Live system (among other places). I very much wish I got a little sound effect and a banner when I had gotten something new done, or had passed some other significant milestone.
I’ll just have to settle for the sense of accomplishment, I suppose, but that doesn’t alter the fundamentally good news today. I have officiated at my first wedding, and I pray to God there will be many more, and that the couples whose lives I connect with are as much a blessing to me as they were this weekend.