I believe in premarital counseling. Young couples need all the help they can get.
They need to understand what their vows really mean: “for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish; till death do us part.”
Down the marital road troubles will come. What then? Will the vows hold?
Sara and I stood before Ray Beeson on July 11, 1969, as he officiated at our wedding. Ray has been married to my sister Doris for 67 years.
Now Doris has advanced Alzheimer’s, as did my other sister Sue Porter who died last April.
Please watch the attached video of Ray and Doris as they go through this hard but blessed experience . . .
More than a happy occasion
A wedding is both joyous and serious.
Question: What is the most important part of the ceremony? Answer: The exchange of vows.
The “I do” is a binding commitment each makes to the other, to stay together for the duration.
The only statute of limitations is “until death do us part.”
Seeing marriage through God’s eyes
As the couple make their solemn pledges, God and their friends are witnesses to this transaction.
God takes their promises seriously, and so should we. The exchange of vows is no place for silliness or frivolity. It is a holy transaction and must never be taken lightly!
“What therefore God has joined together,” Jesus said, “let no man separate” (Matthew 19:6).
Unless both bride and groom are determined to maintain this mutual commitment, what value are their photogenic smiles?
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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In a study Bible I found a reference to “the scaredness of the marriage vows.” Scaredness?
This brings to mind the July evening in 1969 when Sara and I faced the preacher in front of a gathering of family and friends. Because of all I’d been taught about the permanence and significance of the marriage covenant, my palms were sweaty, and I kept telling myself, “I must not faint!”
To God, marriage vows really matter!
Our society is hurting because of lightly-taken, easily-broken marriage vows. God intends for these vows to be kept! (Malachi 2:13-16; Matthew 19:6)
How much do they matter to us?
Could brides and grooms could use a bit more “scaredness” when they say, “I do”?
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