Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fly me to the moon!

3:37 p.m. Today's project was for Steve and me to stand up and sway to the rhythm of a timeless classic song, "Fly Me to the Moon," by Tony Bennett. My daughter-in-law Marisela posted it last week in honor of her and Kriss' 2 year wedding anniversary. Now they are expectant parents, and we are so excited for them! I always identify this blog with their marriage, because the first post appeared during "Wedding Week," the run-up to their big day in 2009.

On the morning after Kriss and Marisela's beautiful wedding, I wrote,

There wasn't a dry eye in the congregation as Kriss and Marisela read the vows they had written for one another. Their vows reflected not only their own personalities, but the effect they have already had on one another, and their growth in willingness to compromise and submit to one another, a key factor in a lifelong, joyful marriage.

Ephesians 5:20-21 says that believers should be "giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of the Lord."

Not only do I pray obedience to God's word for my own married children and other much-loved young couples, I pray for Steve and myself, and other "seasoned" married couples, that we will submit to God first, foremost, and always.

Another reason to dance on a day when back pain has moved around to the band of nerves in the front, and doing anything is a chore, is to stand up for a timeless principle, the creation of God's most important human institution: marriage. No ache, pain or atrophy of the brain can obliterate the love between a man and his wife.

The Bible's great love poem, the Song of Solomon, says in 8:7,

Many waters cannot quench love,

Nor can the floods drown it.

If a man would give for love

All the wealth of his house,

It would be utterly despised.

Money cannot purchase lifelong love, and even death cannot end such a love, because one day widowed, bereaved believers will see one another again in heaven, just as healthy and whole as they were on their wedding day, never to be parted again!

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