The Enduring Appeal of Marriage


I went to a wedding recently. The bride was aglow with joy as she walked down the isle. The groom waited for her by the altar rale with an anxious anticipation of someone he desired very much. They wanted to bind themselves together by a thousand turns of an unbreakable rope. They wanted to leap together into an abyss of commitment. The pews inhaled and exhaled as two hundred friends and family members silently chanted “yes, forever.”

When they recited their vows the bride’s mother cried. I cried. They were no longer a couple or item. They were entering into something ancient and timeless, something with a transcendent, mysterious power able to fuse them together: one flesh, as the Bible puts it, two become one. Something new was being created, something almost as powerful as the birth of a child.

This happens again and again, even in our secular age. Not every wedding takes place in a church. Not every bride and groom has the support of his or her families or even clear thoughts about what marriage means. But even in Las Vegas chapels, in living rooms and on beaches, and in dingy city halls throughout America couples enter into marriage dreaming of its transcendent, mysterious power. They don’t need to get married. Today’s social attitudes are for the most part very accepting of live-together relationships. And yet they still do, often with great fanfare—and great hopes.

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Recommended Resources
Sex, Marriage, and Family Life in John Calvin’s Geneva: Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage (Religion, Marriage and Family Series): 1
Family Reformation: The Legacy of Sola Scriptura in Calvin’s Geneva
Building a God-Centered Family, A Father’s Manual
Marrying Well: Practical Wisdom on Courtship for Parents & Children

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