For Richer, For Poorer

I will be officiating this weekend at a wedding, actually two of them.  I love weddings because I can see how God delights to bring people together in love that comes from him and that points to his all-surpassing love for his people.  We’re familiar with the vows:

to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.

These are words that not only join two people, but they also unite two people in the presence of God.  They are the words that signal their entrance into a new community.  A community where they no longer live for themselves, but for the other.  Where they are not alone but in relationship.  As the late chaplain of the U. S. Senate Peter Marshall called it: the hallowed halls of human happiness.  Marriage.  The Bible tells us that marriage is the lens God created to give the world a glimpse of his love for his people.  He wanted his people to see faithfulness up close and personal.  He wanted his people to understand service and love and sacrifice and common life that’s involved.  The best lens he could provide for us was marriage.  Now granted, the lens can become foggy, or clouded such that it can be tough to see through at all.  But, this was God’s purpose in it.  I always wonder if people get it, if I get it. When we attend a wedding will we look beyond the altar to the throne to God’s intention, to his devotion, to his faithfulness?  I hope so.  That what God wants for us as his people.  It has always amazed me, that though God made us for himself, there is a day when he allows us to give ourselves away to someone else.  Why does he do this?  Not because he is willing to give us up.  He’s not.  He does this to better prepare us for himself.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on January 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Glad He made me for you; time for me to get up & make you dinner :-)……..


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