By Alan Smith
This morning's thought is based on a story
that appeared on the Reuters news several years ago:
"TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian bridegroom
bit off more than he could chew when, according to custom, he licked
honey from his bride's finger during their marriage ceremony and
choked to death on one of her false nails. The Jam-e Jam
newspaper said on Wednesday the 28-year-old groom died on the spot
in the northwestern city of Qazvin while the bride was rushed to
hospital after fainting from shock. Iranian couples lick honey
from each other's fingers when they get married so that their life
together starts sweetly."
While this groom's death is a tragedy, my
first reaction was that this is a beautiful wedding custom.
Isn't it a great idea to start your wedding life out sweetly?
But, as I thought about it, I realized that the honey might be
better saved for a later point in the marriage. After all,
virtually every marriage begins sweetly. The trick is to
maintain that sweetness after years and years of being
together. Starting sweetly is not nearly as important as
Those of you who are married may do well to
ask if the sweetness is still there. Husbands and wives, do
you treat each other just as sweetly as you did those first few days
of wedded bliss?
How about in your other
relationships? Do you communicate with others in a way that
can honestly be categorized as "sweet"? Listen to these words
"Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the bones." (Prov. 16:24)
May your life be filled with sweetness, and
may you be blessed to be surrounded by sweet people.
Have a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and
minister for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, NC,
may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org