1282) Till Death Do We Part

Groom waiting on Bride

By Garrett Kell, posted February 27, 2015 at:

http://www.garrettkell.com/till-death-part-keeping-vow-till-end/

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A member of our church named Julie recently shared the story of her Grandparent’s love:

     My Grandparents truly had a lifetime love affair.  Their marriage was not perfect, but was marked by a consistent, devoted, and tender love for one another.

     Their love remained steady in times of plenty and in times of need.  In all the days and nights I spent at their house, I never heard an argument between them.  And while I’m certain difficult days came and went, I never witnessed one disrespect the other.

     Shortly before my Grandparent’s 54th wedding anniversary, my Grandma became gravely ill.  Watching his beloved bride suffer made those days very difficult, but Grandpa stayed by her side until she safely reached her heavenly home.

     As he grieved and planned for her funeral, he wanted to honor his wife one last time and fulfill his vow “until death do we part.”  So on the day of her funeral, he stood at the altar one last time.  As the doors opened and the pallbearers brought his bride down the aisle, he waited for her in the same spot he stood 54 years earlier when she walked down to become his bride.

     That day he fulfilled his vow and committed her into the hand of the One who had given her to him.  He was faithful, all the way to the end.

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Matthew 19:4b-6  —  (Jesus said), “At the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’  So they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Ephesians 5:25  —  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Ephesians 4:1b-2  —  I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

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Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
for you have created joy and gladness,
pleasure and delight, love, peace and fellowship.
Pour out the abundance of your blessing
upon ___ and ___ in their new life together.
Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts
and a crown upon their heads.
Bless them in their work and in their companionship;
awake and asleep,
in joy and in sorrow,
in life and in death.
Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that banquet
where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home.
We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, Marriage service

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