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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Happy (07/12/07)

TITLE: Happy is Hard
By Kristi Sands


“I now pronounce you husband and wife,” the pastor declared. The words resounded in Jeremy’s mind. The title “husband,” and even better the thought of Lisa as his “wife” flooded him with fresh feelings of responsibility, excitement, and new life. He glanced at Lisa mouthing the word “wife” to her with a smile.

“You may now kiss the bride.”

His eyes took one last deep stare into hers as he braced himself for his first official kiss as her husband. The twinkling tear in the corner of Lisa’s eye stopped him for a moment, and he lingered staring. He was making her happy. He loved that feeling.

The journey to happy had not been easy, though. Happy, in fact, was hard. It involved sacrifice. Time and again Jeremy and Lisa had to make tough choices to protect their love and especially to protect their purity. The scenes flooded through Jeremy’s mind like a winding reel of life on film – the night he left her apartment when all he wanted to do was stay, the sound of the door behind him, the tingle in his stomach, and the relief that came much later when the intensity subsided. He had seen Lisa in hundreds of situations, all replaying before him now - in grungy jeans and a t-shirt; standing before him in a dress with hair bounding from her head in curls; playing basketball aggressively with her teammates, laughing carelessly with her dad. Each vision of Lisa rushed through his mind as he stood before her. Each Lisa held so much beauty - beauty that he had long protected, long held at distance, long left untouched. And today was different. Today he would be able to love his bride freely.

Today the road of sacrifice opened the door and ushered them into happiness.

The path of life ahead of them lay open, illuminated, waiting for their footsteps. This path would start with an ascent up the very same aisle they had walked down just moments before. Only before Lisa came alone. Now, they would walk together.

Arriving here required self-denial and dependence upon God, and Jeremy knew that going forth in their new life would require no less. Happiness would always be “hard.” But the tear on Lisa’s cheek told him it was worth it. The tear told him she was proud. The tear told him that she loved him.

And he could stand it no longer. He placed his hand on the cheek of his delicate bride. He smiled, closed his eyes, and moved towards his wife. His lips met hers, now sealing their unity, now displaying their love, now announcing their happiness.

They turned and faced forward, the music started, and they started up the aisle.

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Virginia Gorg07/19/07
Reminds me of my wedding - and our first kiss ever. Nicely done and a heartfelt article. Good article about purity and happiness being connected.
Debbie Roome 07/19/07
Lovely story - such a pity that more couples don't start their marriages like this.
Dee Yoder 07/23/07
Nicely written story. This is a wonderful story and example of married love the way God would like it to be.
Sherrie Jackson07/23/07
This is very cool. We need more stories of men who take the high road, who do as God desires, not as they desire. Perhaps if other men heard enough of these stories, things might change - and we women could catch a break. :-) Excellent job, I loved the point of view.
Joanne Sher 07/24/07
This is just full of emotion and love and wonder. This gave me shivers.
Sara Harricharan 07/25/07
What a lovely scene! I love weddings, but this was special. I liked how you showed this, the backtracking thoughts and remembering how even though it was hard, it was now all worth it. It truly is. Great job with this! You got a great happy note here! ^_^
Dixie Phillips07/25/07
Today the road of sacrifice opened the door and ushered them into happiness. -- That sentence was PROFOUND! You write with real depth.
Kristen Hester07/26/07
This is so sweet! I had to think of my wedding day. I was happy and am still very happy with my husband 14 years later. But you are so right. Happy can take work. We said in the beginning, "We are going to stay married no matter what, so let's work on being HAPPILY married." That's been our goal and we feel very blessed. This is a great story!
Janice Cartwright10/17/07
Tremendous writing talent and such valuable insights in your story. You showed, not told, the positive side of chastity.