Marry someone who will suffer well with you, because there will be much suffering during the life journey. – Unknown
When we are planning a wedding, we often get wrapped up in the aesthetics and tend to ignore the substance. We want the perfect flowers, dresses and décor. It’s almost like we get to the point we’re so tired after all that planning, we say, “Vows? What vows???” But… there are vows – and they are meant to be kept for LIFE. Think about it – it’s a sobering thought, isn’t it? Yeah – it’s meant to be.
What were those vows? Ah… now it’s coming back to me.
Groom: I, Larry, take thee, Linda, to be my wedded Wife, 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 us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
Bride: I, Linda, take thee, Larry, to be my wedded Husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.
Then, as Larry placed the ring on my finger, he said the following:
With this Ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Love means, for better or worse, you are committed to caring for the heart of someone else. You are willing to die to yourself, to compromise, to share, to believe, to keep the promise even when it hurts.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Prepare for painful moments – painful hours – painful days. When the times are good or worth celebrating – do it with all your might, but when you are in pain, keep those good days – those good memories – at the forefront. Think about the good as you go through the bad. God has every situation in His very capable hands. Trust Him for all the answers. ❤