Attending a morning wedding in Galveston Texas, the Bishop and I arrive just before time to begin. He is the minister performing the service and I am watching the whole performance, deep in my own thoughts.
This young couple with bright hopes and dreams in their eyes are filled with joy today. I wish them well and trust they know that life brings its highs and lows to each couple. It's character and truthful living that causes a marriage to last for a lifetime.
Our 32 years have given both of us life lessons and deeper values year by year. What's the real secret of a life long marriage?
Actually in a sucessful marriage there are three parts. The man and the woman, then the third partner is God. God is the bond, the unity, the strength, the forgiveness, the problem solver, the wisdom, the Healer and the Helper in each marriage - to those who include Him in their relationship.
Another wedding ..... another couple beginning married life. Marriage between a man and a woman is the glue that holds the fabric of society together. Strong families are created by committed men and women who make a covenant between them and God.
The words 'I promise..... so long as I live.... so help me God' still rings true in the ears of God.