"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Remembering Our Vows

This week for the “Completing Him Challenge”, we are remembering our vows and the sacredness of this day.
                                   Completing Him Challenge
When I think of the vows Ian and I made to each other, I remember the witnesses we had to that blessed event.  Our family, friends and pastors all gathered to affirm our union to each other.  They served as witnesses to remind us of the covenant we made between each other. As the years have gone by, individuals, as they promised to, have walked along us to remind us of the vows they witnessed.

More importantly, we were making our vows before God.  We took them very seriously.  We vowed to love, serve and honor each other “till death do us part”.  What does that mean? It meant that we took Matthew 19:6 very seriously.

“So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

It meant that we took Ephesians 5:22-33 seriously and remembered that marriage is a picture of Christ and the church.  We didn’t fully understand then what that would mean, nevertheless, we believed in God’s design and His promises for marriage.  Considering our vows now, in a time when America rates #1 in divorce rates around the world, encourages me to remember God’s truth in His revealed Word and not the trends of modern times.

I am thankful that our marriage vows mean something and that we were surrounded by witnesses who loved us.  Most of all, I am grateful for the abundant grace from Jesus to continue to love, serve and honor each other, even when we don’t want to.

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