I am sooooo happy for you! You are proof to me that the tapestry of life is a glorious one. I've never doubted that God's side of the cloth is magnificent, but the way that he has woven the last few years of your life has convinced me that the knots and stitches on this side have a beauty all of their own.
A number of years ago, you lost your beloved Chuck. You were such an amazing couple. There was no question at all that you were best friends. I remember telling my hubby that I couldn't imagine separating your names- you were always "Chuck and Marliss". Together in everything.
I watched you trust God through the next few years. I can't even pretend to know what you were going through, but I know there were a lot of lonely times. Friends and family were there for you, and you just hung in there, choosing to remain faithful to the One who has all of the answers.
Then you had more bad news. One of your closest friends had cancer. You prayed, and loved, and comforted their family through it all, and all too soon, (in our opinion) Susan went to be with Jesus.
During the next year you were there for John in his grief. Since you had so recently been through the same type of loss, you were able to help him begin to walk through those tough waters of sorrow toward healing. (In fact I think you are still helping each other.)
Then somewhere along the way, that friendship turned into something more. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during that first tentative "could this be more?" conversation.
Now you are Mr. and Mrs. I thought it would be a little bit strange when I saw you together as a couple, but it wasn't. It was natural, it was good. it was right.
Congratulations to both of you.
I love you both!