Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sacred Promises

If you haven't ever read Christianity Today's Kyria blog, you should. It's overflowing with inspiration for women seeking a God-honoring lifestyle. Their latest post written by Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, John Ortberg, explores the deeper meaning of wedding vows and how important it is to fulfill them throughout your marriage.

Ortberg describes how it's inevitable that couples will face potential barriers in their relationship. You can either have big exits or small exits, but regardless, they all lead to loneliness and heartache, he says.

So what does this mean to you?

As a 21-year old who's only a month away from tying the knot, it means a heck of a lot to me. This time two years ago, it would have still been important, but I don't know if the rest of the world values the promise behind wedding vows as much. If I hadn't been raised by Christian hands and hearts, I could be turning up my nose right now. But, I know God created marriage between a woman and man to represent the love between the church and the grace-giving Lord of all Lords.

Marriage isn't merely a label to justify sex, a means to share an income, or even an excuse to reproduce. The oneness and unity marriage represents are of the utmost importance because they're a reflection of God's love for his people. Shouldn't we be so honored to create this holy metaphor?

That's why I promise to take Micah as my lawfully-wedded husband, my best friend, my spiritual leader, my partner in life. Forever. So, thanks, Kyria, for reminding me of the special moment coming up in my life. The moment I say, "I do."

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