Friday, June 10, 2011

Five Years of a Beautiful Covenant

"The meaning of marriage is the display of the coveant-keeping
love between Christ and his people."
{This Momentary Marriage pg. 15}

Today, on the tenth day of June two thousand and eleven I rejoice for God has poured grace on my marriage for five years. Five years has been such a beautiful dance. When I say a beautiful dance I don't mean that it has been flawless, we've received blisters and weariness from the dance, but it has been beautiful.To see two sinful people enter into a lifetime covenant,unaware of how difficult it will be, unaware of what they will be faced with, unaware of what self-sacraficing is, unaware of what ultimate love is, is a beautiful thing.
Something more beautiful in my mind however, is years down the road. Years after a covenant has been made. Years after the simple infatuation has wore off and a deep love is present. Years which refine and call you to the root of the day vows were made before man and God. What a beautiful display of God's limitless grace poured on two utterly sinful people.
Although I pray that five years is only scratching the surface of several years to come with my beloved I pray that we never loose sight of the purpose of marriage. Simply put marriage is designed for God's glory. John Piper says
that foundationally marriage is the doing of God but ultimately it's the display of God. He also explains how marriage is designed by God to display his glory in a way that no other event or institution can.

If marriage has been created by God to display his glory and in such a way that no other institution can, what a high and exciting call to those who are married. We have the opportunity to reflect to the world around us the value and treasure of Jesus.

For anyone that is married you know that marriage isn't easy, it's a fight
against ourself. A fight to be giving rather than receiving, selfless, forgiving and something we can't do in our own strength. My marriage began five years ago by inexplainable grace to a man I still don't deserve and it will continue solely on grace. I have hope that the Lord will continue to bind us together and allow us to continue to dance and display the treasure of Christ.

This is a simple prayer for my marriage and for each one of you who are in a beautiful covenant relationship either just beginning or decades into it.

"Welcome one another... for the glory of God."
That is God's word for your marriage.
Thank him for it; thank him for leading you thus far;
ask him to establish your marriage , to confirm it, sanctify it, and preserve it so your marriage will be
"for the praise of his glory." Amen.
{Dietrich Bonhoeffer}

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  1. I love how you compare marriage to a dance! It's so true, it can be so beautiful and graceful, but you do get tired and hurt sometimes. Happy Anniversary, and I wish you many, many more!!

    Monica @

  2. Congrats to you and your husband Marcie.. may you have many many more! God bless you and thank you for sharing with us.

    Love & Blessings

  3. I wrote a post about my daughter and her husband who got married 3 months ago. We need to CELEBRATE marriage in our society where it is going downhill fast. Here is my post if you are interested!

    Congratulations on your wonderful marriage!

  4. Beautiful post and Amen! Congratulations!

  5. Happy Anniversary!

    Marriage is a beautiful and precious thing! My husband and I will celebrate three years in November, and we are still so thankful to have each other in this world!!

  6. New follower - found your blog on Retro Housewife. Happy Anniversary! I look forward to reading future posts of yours :)

  7. Happy both are a blessing.