One month after Dietrich Bonhoeffer was imprisoned, and two years before his death, he wrote from his prison cell 'A Wedding Sermon from a Prison Cell.'  The text was from Ephesians 1:12 "...so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory."  Here is in part what he said:

"Marriage is more than your love for each other...In your love you see only the heaven of your own happiness, but in marriage you are placed at a post of responsibility towards the world and mankind.  Your love is your own private possession, but marriage is more than something personal--it is a status, and office.  Just as it is the crown, and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of God and man."

John Piper in his book THIS MOMENTARY MARRIAGE says that "The meaning of marriage is the display of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people." 

Doesn't this kind of elevate the status of an institution that has come to be looked upon with disdain?  It does for me.  If you are struggling in your marriage today, try thinking about all that you are enduring in the light of its being the picture of Christ's relationship to His church, with your husband being Christ and yourself as His Bride. 

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Pucki
Apr. 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I think marriage is cool because we all have the same last name. It's good for feeling of solidarity. :-) Besides I carry my husband's name with much pride. He's such a good man!

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