Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding with two very special people. After spending part of the morning photographing the bride with the hair stylist and makeup artist, it was time to turn to the groom.
I met him downstairs, and he walked toward me with a big smile on his face. I asked him how he was doing.
“I woke up really nervous, but then my dad stopped by. We talked and prayed together, and I I felt so much better.”
This made me smile. Not only was this 24-year-old making God and prayer an important part of this special day, he was proud enough to talk about it with his photographer!
His faithful integrity helped define who he wanted to be on this special day.
It inspired me to ask some questions:
- When I’m having an anxious moment, do I spend time worrying, or do I immediately turn to God?
- When I do have special moments in my life, am I preoccupied with all the activities and forget to “bring” God along with me?
- Am I proud enough to discuss my faith with others in my life, even a complete stranger?
Living a life of Integrity means putting God in clear view for every aspect of my day.
There is a simple prayer I learned years ago. It’s something I say in both moments of anxiety and happiness:
The light of God surrounds me.
The love of God enfolds me.
The power of God protects me.
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
Dan Herda is a member of St. Dominic Marketing Committee, and an editor for theROCK.