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  • Sarah Beth Dippel



Cris and I have been married a year and a half today. This morning he got called out on a wildland fire near Las Vegas. Once he got the call, we quickly set about getting him packed for a two-week stay at fire camp.

I was single for so much of my adult life that I look forward to a little alone time. Then the first evening without Cris comes, after about 20-minutes, I'm over it and ready for him to come back home. Like with any marriage, I get frustrated with little things; for example, he leaves his shoes all over the house (he has so many pairs of shoes!), and I'm confident I do plenty of things that frustrate him as well! But Cris is my best friend, and even the most tedious chores and errands are fun because we do them together. We put each other first, and it makes for great love and a great life filled with joy.

In today's first reading from the book of Acts, Peter is rescued by an angel from Herod. While most of our "rescues" won't involve an angel, I can proclaim with Peter; the Lord does send people into our lives at just the right moment to rescue us.

"Taste and see how good the LORD is; blessed the man who takes refuge in him." (Psalm 34:9)

When I think about my tidy little life before marrying Cris, I realize the shoes are just a reminder of the blessing God has given me. It is true what they say I love Cris more each day. Christ dwells with us, giving us the grace to forgive one another, to serve one another, and to love one another with supernatural love.

He is my knight, and he rescues me a million times a day.

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