Returning to the place of meaning….
By Karen Meyer
We have gained an appreciation for God’s grandeur – from the cliffs where we stood next to the edge, to the serenity experienced in watching the waves come and go along the shoreline, to whale-watching from the sea. Similar to the natural beauty of God’s creation, I had the chance to renew my wedding vows with my husband in a private and intimate setting. We sat and pondered the goodness of God’s blessings in our lives. We reminisced about the growth of our children from birth to their lives as young adults and the role we’ve had in shaping them. Also, we had the chance to reflect about our parents and the love they shared in their marriages. We also realized what a legacy we received from the length and commitment to one another in their marriages. To think how God can bring together two different people and yet you find someone who complements your personality and approach to life in such a way that you realize you are given a gift everyday by being with your spouse.
Of course, it sometimes requires an event like a special anniversary to stop and think about this gift because everyday life can keep us from realizing the need to open this gift and appreciate it on a daily basis. I hope through this advent season you will be able to spend a few moments reflecting on the gifts that God has given you in your life, by looking at your relationship with God, other people and creation.
Karen Meyer joined Mercyhurst University in 2001. She and Brian have two daughters: Lindsey, Mercyhurst ’11, who is finishing her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Gannon University, and Lauren, a sophomore in fashion merchandising. Karen has been with the Office for Academic Affairs located in Main 104 for the past seven years