Text: Genesis 2:24
Date: June 24, 2011
It is the way God originally intended things to be. He created man and a helper fit for him. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Marriage was God’s idea, invention and creation from the beginning. Marriage is so natural that there is no magical ceremony that makes it happen. It just happens when a man leaves his father and his mother and “holds fast” to his wife. That holding fast, that vow of faithfulness, is what marriage is all about.
I am truly honored, Kim, that you have asked me to be here and officiate at your marriage. It was, after all, as many years as since you were born that I first was honored to usher you into the Kingdom of God by your Holy Baptism at Grace English Lutheran Church on the corner of Laramie and Parker in Chicago. It is also because of your baptism, Rick, that this Christian marriage is such a joyful occasion and filled with all joy and hope, because together, as children of God, you know the grace and mercy of God in the forgiveness of all your sins by faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
That, of course, is what ruins our lives and the lives of everyone in the world, sin and the division and death it brings. It was to deliver us from all that that Jesus came to pay the wages, the price of all sin by His blood on the cross, and to open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. In Christ we are given new life and new hope, daily. He restores life and hope and our future back to what God originally intended for us in the first place, but even better!
Our Christian prayer for you today and all the days to come cannot be said any better than in the words of the apostle Paul when he wrote to the Ephesians:
I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.