READINGOld Testament: Exodus 2:23-3:15
Psalms: am: 107:33-43, 108, 33
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Gospel: Mark 9:14-29
Evening Psalms: 33
DEVOTIONAL“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor. 13:13)
My husband and I are members of the St. Matthew's Marriage Small Group. Over the course of three years, this group has completed several studies on the Christian marriage. Our last study focused on the actual marriage ceremony, including the words of the vows and the readings.
I remember, in our youth, how we were aglow in romantic love, and I wonder if we truly absorbed the meaning of the vows, the promises that we were making to each other as we entered into marriage. After really appreciating the significance of the vows, I wonder how many of us would have reconsidered marriage if we had truly understood what we were getting into.
When my husband and I took our marriage vows, we promised to love each other unconditionally, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We were so full of faith, believing our untested love would never fade. We were full of hope and the anticipation of dreams to be fulfilled. At the time, we weren’t thinking about what might happen if things went wrong or if you or your partner become “less lovable.”
I believe that true love requires sincere actions and deeds -- not just empty words. I believe that to glorify God, our actions must be purposeful and sincere. I believe that love binds us all together in the kingdom of God. I believe that marriage is a special blessing from God, one that is constantly teaching us “how” to love.
Lord, I ask for Your eternal love and that You allow me always to love my husband as You have intended. Amen.