Like many newly married couples in the 21st century we have an array of media from our wedding online. We have the professional photographers’ photos, digital albums from family and friends, and shakily shot smart phone videos. In fact, we felt like celebrities on Facebook for a bit! As would be expected, after a couple of weeks our Facebook notification barrage & social media fame tapered off. Other than one video.
This particular video has over 6000 views on YouTube to date – and for people who don’t run their own channel and only dabble casually in the social media world, that’s a lot of views! The video is of our wedding party surprising Andrew with singing “May I Suggest” by Susan Werner. Emily arranged all of this in secret, and it was a powerful, beautiful moment. Even strangers have connected to something deeply profound when they have watched it. There’s something about this group of people gathered to support a bride and groom, singing to them about what life has to offer, that resonates with the hope we long to see in the world.
The lyrics begin:
May I suggest
May I suggest to you
May I suggest this is the best part of your life…
At a first glance, one might assume this statement is meant to describe our wedding. That is only partly true. If the wedding really was the “best part” of our lives, then what’s the point of getting married in the first place? If the best part of our lives is over, what else do we have to live for? The song doesn’t stop there.
Just turn your head
And you’ll begin to see
The thousand reasons that were just beyond your sight
The reasons why
Why I suggest to you
Why I suggest this is the best part of your life…
You see, this song is an invitation to embrace all of life, the big and the little moments that only you see. All of these have meaning. By living presently we open ourselves to connect with what this unique piece of life has to offer. We open ourselves to see the thousands of blessings that were just beyond our sight.
But sometimes life is hard. There are ugly, tragic, devastating parts of life, too. To truly embrace all of life we have to be willing to live the good and the bad. As a wise woman once said, we are meant to experience the full range of human emotions.
The words later continue:
This is a song
With a request of you
To see how very short the endless days will run.
And when they’re gone,
When the dark descends
We’d give anything for one more hour of light.
Even in the dark and the doubt of our journeys, even in the last moments of life, we are invited to view it as a special moment, as the best moment. Life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but when we choose to show up in our own lives, we find meaning. We make meaning.
We know that life is short and precious. We aspire for this blog to help us document those precious moments, to call us to pay attention in our lives to times of blessing, and to create a space for us to reflect and process our experiences. We hope that sharing here will inspire & challenge you to pause and acknowledge the beauty in your presence. And we hope that you will feel led to share your life experiences with us, too.
May we suggest that life is beautiful. May we suggest that life is hard. May we suggest that life is worth living, that there is more to embrace, that love and light are actually all around. May we suggest that this moment, whoever and wherever you are in life, is the best part of your life.
– Andrew & Emily
may I suggest
may I suggest to you
may I suggest this is the best part of your life
may I suggest this time is blessed for you
this time is blessed and shining almost blinding bright
just turn your head and you’ll begin to see
the thousand reasons that were just beyond your sight
the reasons why
why I suggest to you
why I suggest this is the best part of your life
there is a world that’s been addressed to you
addressed to you, intended only for your eyes
a secret world a treasure chest to you
of private scenes and brilliant dreams that mesmerize
a tender lover’s smile
a tiny baby’s hands
the million stars that fill the turning sky at night
oh I suggest
yes I suggest to you
yes I suggest this is the best part of your life
there is a hope that’s been expressed in you
the hope of seven generations, maybe more
this is the fate that they invest in you
it’s that you’ll do one better than was done before
inside you know
inside you understand
inside you know what’s yours to finally set right
and i suggest
and i suggest to you
and i suggest this is the best part of your life
this is a song comes from the west to you
comes from the west, comes from the slowly setting sun
this is a song with a request of you
to see how very short the endless days will run
and when they’re gone
and when the dark descends
we’d give anything for one more hour of light
may i suggest this is best part of your life
– Susan Werner