That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. ~Genesis 2:24
A marriage is a beginning of a new life. More than a few of us present reflected on our own wedding days and the days and years that have followed.
|Hands clasped in love|
Michael and Tina exchanged vows they had written. Whispers of love and declarations of togetherness. Do not fear. In sickness and in health. I will be with you. For richer and for poorer. I am yours. I love you.
As we listened to the vows being exchanged I thought about how the church is called to be the bride of Christ; about Christ being the perfect Bridegroom. We are His church. Love has built a bridge between us and God so that we might share a special relationship with Him.
When Paul wrote this in Ephesians, he was quoting Genesis 2:24
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” ~ Ephesians 5:31
|First kiss as husband and wife.|
But now, this is what the Lord says-He who created you, Jacob,He who formed you, Israel:“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;I have summoned you by name; you are mine.When You pass through the waters,I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers,they will not sweep over you.When you walk through the fire,you will not be burned;the flames will not set you ablaze.For I am the Lord your God,the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;...You are precious and honored in my sight,and because I love you.Isaiah 43:1-4