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A Momentary Marriage

Aaron and I have been married for almost a month already!  Almost every friend we run into has asked the exact same question: “How’s married life?”  Most also tag on the tone and body language of: “Is it weird living together? Is it horrible living with a boy? Is it the hardest thing you’ve ever done?!”

To be honest, while it hasn’t been perfect, our life is surrounded by more and more evidence of the Lord’s hand in our marriage every day.  We love life, living with each other, and most importantly, love each other despite all the quirky things we learn about each other daily that only comes from living together!

Tonight, Aaron worked and then hung out with a friend of his.  So I got a blissful night to myself.  What did I do you might ask?  Grilled hot dogs and ate them with Cheetos and a big glass of milk poured into a frosted glass from the freezer.  Then I made rice crispy bars with chocolate on top (completely different from scotcheroo bars, I promise.)  My secret confession of the evening: I totally watched all 2 hours of the Bachelorette.  I started working on the design of our thank you’s for the wedding, and then grabbed a book Aaron had left out by John Piper, “This Momentary Marriage”.

I was intrigued after just reading the back of the book.  So intrigued, that I felt I must post it on our blog…

“The chasm between the biblical vision of marriage and the common human conception is – and has always been – enormous.  Some cultures in history respect the importance and the permanence of marriage more than others.  Some, like the twenty-first-century Western world, have such low, casual, take-it-or-leave-it attitudes toward marriage as to make the biblical vision seem ludicrous to most people.

Marriage is a momentary but glorious gift.  It is more than a husband’s and wife’s love for each other – vastly more.  Its meaning is infinitely great; the display of the covenant-keeping love between Jesus and his people.  “This Momentary Marriage” unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike.”

Marriage is a high calling, far above just falling in love with a guy and getting married because that’s the thing to do.  It’s a reflection of God and his relationship with his church; it’s humbling; it’s sweet; it’s momentary – which for most is hard to grasp.  But how can we forget what is waiting for us after He calls us home?

-Mrs. T.

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