Joyeux anniversaire de mariage!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

“Tyler, as the two of you come into this marriage and as you affirm your faith and love for one another today, I would ask that you always strive for the Christ-like ideals found in Colossians 3:12-15.”

“Kathryn, my Lil’ Missy, these are ideals we have long struggled after. I say struggle because many times these ideals are hard work. And as is so often true, they are the most difficult to live out on a daily basis among the ones you love the most. But Christ, who has united you, has also empowered you to live them out.”

So those who have been chosen by God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone, just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body, and be thankful.

“Dear Kathryn & Tyler, we testify together today to the very real help of a very real Savior in the midst of our marriage. We testify to His unfathomable forgiveness and to Him enabling us to forgive likewise, especially when the ugliness of anger and pride seemed much more powerful.

“So we charge you, being loved first and chosen and empowered by God, to forgive and forbear, to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient to one another, most especially when such things are farthest from your mind.

“We testify together today to great love, not the superficial, romantic notion seen so often in movies, but so much more…authentic, self-sacrificing, sustaining love. We testify to Christ’s protection in our marriage and to His entwining our hearts in ways far beyond what we could have imagined. We testify to the genuine peace and joy that such Christ-centered love brings.

“So we charge you to enjoy each other. We charge you to go on dates, to be romantic, to have fun, laugh and play, and be creative both now in wedded bliss but also through diapers and funerals and hardships and illness all the way through old age. We charge you to fully and sacrificially love one another always.

“May God Bless you both, revealing Himself and enabling you, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to see and savor the glory and majesty of Christ found in marriage. May you come to experience the fullness of God’s grace and extend that grace always to each other.”

– Written and read to us by my wise older sister and her husband during our wedding ceremony three years ago today.

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