“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12
I want to continue with the marriage discussion. 😀 I never really understood this verse until I put it in the context of marriage. You see, during a wedding, many young people walk down that aisle at the church to declare their vows before family, friends, and God. Yet, many of them lack something in their actual marriage: God.
Isn’t that ironic? They marry in a church but don’t invite God into their lives. Kinda sad, don’t you think?
Full disclosure: Marc and I were not married in a church. We were married on horseback at Seaton Hackney Stables. There’s a video of the wedding floating around on the Internet somewhere on I always considered the great outdoors God’s greatest cathedral and all of you know how I feel about horses: one of God’s most majestic gifts to man (and woman…although that’s very PC and I’m tired of being PC).
When we invite God into our lives, there is not much that can go wrong. Oh, we will have some ups and downs, peaks and valleys, sunny days and yucky blah days. Sometimes we have more of one than the other. But we must lean on God and his Word to help us through those dark patches. We also need to keep him in our lives during the sunny days, too.
One of the things that I love about the Amish is that they all pray together. It wasn’t until this year that I had the humble honor of participating in evening prayer with the Amish. Before retiring, they kneel down by a chair, their hands folded and their faces pressed against them, as the father prays out loud. This was the only time I have heard anyone (besides a preacher) pray out loud. So, I was truly blessed to be a part of this nightly ritual. God is such a part of the marriage that there is very little that can go wrong. Oh, bad things can happen. But God is there to support them and give them strength. They understand this. They teach this to their children. There is no questions of “Why me?” or “Why didn’t I get this?” or “Why did I lose that?” The husband and wife embrace God, making him the third entity (for lack of a better word) in their marriage.
I always remember Princess Diana saying that there were “three” in her marriage. In her case, that was a bad thing. (If you are too young to remember this, GOOGLE it.) But in the case of the Amish and hopefully all of you, make it a good thing. Invite God into your marriage. With his loving arms around the two of you, your marriage will be strong and unbreakable.