My husband and I purchased a ceramic tile while traveling as newlyweds in the Western United States and delighted in these lines from a poem inscribed on it: “Now you will feel no rain, as each will be a shelter for the other.” Over the years, in our several homes, I have read that tile every day and am reminded how marriage is a protection and a blessing to both partners amid life’s many challenges.
Marriage is a consensual and contractual union recognized by law. For many, it’s a sacred union in which two people commit to working things out together by putting their faith in God, through setting God first in family affairs and allowing God to be at the helm of thought in decision-making. They find that placing God first is fundamental not only for a strong marriage but for life in general.
Christ Jesus exemplified fidelity to God in his life and taught his followers to pursue his lead. He said of his many works, which included healing the sick and feeding multitudes, “I can of mine own self do nothing,” and explained, “I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father” (John 5:30).