by Roger Thomas

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A Marriage Made in Heaven (5 of 8)
Series: Family Classics
Roger Thomas
Genesis 2:18-25

Jesus quotes that passage of scripture and then adds a statement to it. Most wedding ceremonies conclude with those extra words. "What God has put together, let no one tear asunder." Both Jesus' words and Christian wedding ceremonies emphasize a central truth of our text. Marriage is not only a good thing. It is a God-thing. Jesus teaches us that a marriage is made in heaven, not just the one described in our text, but every marriage!

We turn to that truth today because on this Sunday in our Season of the Family (Mother's Day to Father's Day) we pay tribute to the long-term marriage in this church. We have many. . . .

None of our folk have yet set the Guinness World Record for a long marriage. That record still belongs to Percy and Florence Arrowsmith. Percy, of Hereford, England, died in 2005. He was 105. He and his younger bride of 100 had been married eighty years when he passed away. Percy and Florence met at church. He sang in the choir, and she was a Sunday school teacher.
According to the Guinness World Record authorities, the couple held the record for the longest marriage, as well as the oldest aggregate age of a married couple. "Couple Mark 80th Anniversary," The San Antonio Express-News (6-2-05)

Just for fun let me share three my favorite marriage stories. I would call them jokes but I don't want to set expectations to high:
Number 1: A judge was interviewing a woman regarding her pending divorce, and asked, "What are the grounds for your divorce?" She replied, "About four acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property with a stream running by." "No," he said, "I mean what is the foundation of this case?" "It is made of concrete, brick and mortar," she responded. "I mean," he continued, "What are your relations like?" "I have an aunt and uncle living here in town, and so do my husband's parents." He said, "Do you have ...

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