I officiate at a lot of weddings. A beautiful part of this work. A marker of a young congregation.
And one thought – marriage can be an eternal blessing. It can last. It is why we define marriage simply… two angels walking each other home.
That is not to sound cute. A great deal of work there actually because it means we are called to make decisions with a much longer time frame than we usually do.
The concept of an eternal marriage – the broader concept of time – also provides room. Room for growth. Room for mistakes. Room for change.
Does it mean that every marriage finds a renewed life in heaven? No. Some marriages don’t. If partners are miserable, hard to see the blessing there. However….
For people who desire true married love, the Lord provides a partner, and if they are not found in this life, He provides them in heaven. (Married Love 229)
That is beautiful. There is indeed a “Happily Ever After.” If not now, then. And we can build it even in the storms of life.
Every human marriage has crisis times, moments of truth when one partner or both is tempted to give up. Older married couples will admit that during these times they questioned the entire relationship. Now, though, they retell the stories with humor and even nostalgia, for crises fit together into – indeed they helped form – a pattern of love and trust… The couple’s mutual response to stormy times was what gave their marriage its enduring strength. Phillip Yancy