Its hard to believe that on this day twenty years ago I married Leanne Marie Wagner. Having a wedding in Chicago two days after Thanksgiving can be risky, at the mercy of the weather. An unwelcomed winter storm could have arrived at any time, but on November 25th, 1995 the Lord was on our side, blessing us with sun and a fifty degree day.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord, Proverbs 18:22.
Most wedding vows include the phrase “for better or for worse.” This term appears within the marriage service section of the Common Book of Prayer. Published in 1549, the concept of persevering with a marriage til death due us part can be traced back to the late 1300’s. Unfortunately, sticking with your spouse throughout one’s life get’s harder and harder as modern cultures have accepted and embrace divorce as a viable option.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, Ephesians 5:25.
While premarital counseling is a good place to start, you’re never really fully prepared for marriage. The intimacy of marriage reveals all of your imperfections, leaving individuals vulnerable, at the mercy of your mate. In addition, time has a way of adding weight, losing luster and deteriorating parts of your body. Anyone can be in love on their honeymoon, but true love takes an unyielding will. Thus, now and then, I vow to keep my promise to my wife Leanne until death due us part.
by Jay Mankus