SETTING GOAlS IN MARRIAGE
H. Edwin Young
April 30, 1989
"By the authority vested in me, by the laws of the
State of Texas and looking to heaven for divine
sanction, I now pronounce you, husband and wife, in
the presence of God and these assembled witnesses."
Sober words, they're spoken in this church every year
to about a hundred and fifty, to hundred and seventy-
five couples who are married. And every time I say
those words, a lump gets in my throat. I can
truthfully say that I am more nervous at a marriage
ceremony, with a handful of people present, than I am
before several acres of people. There's something
about it. The seriousness of it. The sacredness of it.
The beauty of it. The wonder of it. The miracle of it.
Now think about it, just for a moment. The fact that
these two young people are coming together and getting
married and out of that union, in probability, other
lives will come into being, that would never have come
into being with exact genetic composition, personality
and environment, unless these particular two had come
together and been married. Now that's right. And to
say to these two, that are getting married, listen,
that you will be together for the rest of your 1ife:
until death do you part. In sickness, one member
permanently disabled, living as a vegetable for forty,
fifty years, or in health, in poverty, the husband
takes a chance with the savings they have and loses
his job and every penny and they are destitute. The
wife is a part of that, too. In poverty, as in wealth.
The wife goes off and publicly shames the family. The
husband is a part of that shame.
Now let me tell you something, when a man and a woman
come before the marriage altar and say, "I do", until
death alone shall part us. It is no wonder that
mothers cry and daddies and granddaddies bite their
lip. That's serious, sacred, awesome stuff. "I now
pronounce you husband and wife, in th ...
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