I really like the word embrace. Besides the clear message of love and affection that it brings to mind, there is an intentionality to it that challenges me.
At our wedding, my husband Jeff and I danced our first dance to the popular 80′s song, Just You & I. We chose it for this line: “And I remember our first embrace, the smile that was on your face, the promises that we made.”
I did! I remembered our first embrace. It came before our first kiss and meant a lot more.
To embrace a thing is to hold onto it whole-heartedly. Both arms. That’s the thing. It takes starting with empty arms. In order to embrace whole-heartedly something has to get put down. . .