Posts Tagged ‘Readings’

A Profound Classic Wedding Reading

September 11th, 2011

Today I performed a Wedding Ceremony in which my clients selected the creation account from Genesis 2 describing God’s provision of a life-partner for Adam. Many people are familiar with the Biblical passage but my clients took the reading a step further by also including an explanation of the passage written by Matthew Henry. “….The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved….”

We live in an age when many have grown cynical about marriage in general and about Christian marriage in particular. So frequently has the idea of lasting marriage been mocked and ridiculed that in 2009 a Federal Study revealed that 4 in 10 children are now born out of wed-lock. (See the NY Times article from more details including the tragic reality “Children born out of wedlock in the United States tend to have poorer health and educational outcomes than those born to married women..” - )

Hearing that reading today reminded me that God’s plan for Men and Women was “very good”. He intended for Husbands and Wives to enjoy a life-giving partnership that would be satisfying and enjoyable.

Allow me to end my musings with the statement my clients asked me to make today, just before I pronounced them as Husband and Wife: “…..What we’ve seen here today fills us with hope.
You see, “Marriage is a high and holy state, to be held in honor among all men and women.” On the other hand….
“Marriage is a low and common state, to be built of the stuff of daily life. Men and woman are not angels, nor are they gods. Love can become hatred; joy, sorrow, marriage, divorce. But human beings are not condemned to failure.
Love can grow even in a real world. The wounds of sorrow can be healed, and new life built on the learnings of the old.
This is the reason for our gathering today; to renew our faith in the strength of hope and the power of love.