On November 15, we will gather to celebrate the wedding of our friends and brothers in Christ, Brian Hall and Corey Thornton. I know that will be a joyous day for them, their families, and all of us at Ravensworth who have come to know and love them. It happened that Brian was a witness to an historic event in October, so I asked him to share what he experienced on that day.
– Cathy Baskin
Do You Remember Your First…
If you’re like most of us, you probably can’t recall what you had for lunch two days ago. Yet, some memories stay with us forever. For example, no matter how much time has passed, many of us will vividly remember:
- Watching as a man stepped onto the surface of the moon
- A first kiss
- A first set of wheels (bicycle, car, motorcycle)
- A baptism
As you recalled each monumental memory, did it feel as if you were transported right back to that very moment in all its rich detail and joyful emotion? If so, you aren’t alone. Neuroscience tells us that emotional memories get burned into the brain differently than routine memories, such as eating lunch.
I was blessed to have one of those watershed moments when I watched the first same-sex marriage ceremony take place in Fairfax County, Virginia on October 6th, 2014. The moment I saw the couple, holding their marriage license, step out of the Clerk’s office and ask a waiting minister to marry them, I knew I’d forever remember it as I do the other significant events in my life. Amazed, I witnessed something I had believed to be impossible… become possible. At that moment, the belief “All things are possible with God” washed over me anew.