Marriage a Sacred Covenant
Over my 30 plus years in ministry I have performed 100 plus marriages. Unfortunately, over 50% of them have ended in divorce. Before I officiate a wedding, I counsel couples about what to expect from marriage because I know the glow of the honeymoon will fade. I do not claim to have all the answers, but I do know the pain and rejection of splitting up is almost unbearable for all involved. Our homes and marriages are under attack—if we are not vigilant in protecting them, we have already lost the war. Marriage is hard work—I truly believe it is the hardest thing any of us will do in life—and it takes two people who are committed to each other through thick and thin to make it work.
I believe it took Camilla and I 15 years of marriage before we really knew what we had. We are dedicated to each other, on peaks and in valleys, until the end. We are not just married we are best friends, confidants and each other’s biggest supporter. Though in turbulent times one of us gives more than the other, most of the time it is a 50-50. We love our children and our grandchildren, but after our love of God, there is nothing more important than our marriage. As Camilla will tell you our marriage is not perfect, but it is pretty great, and we wish each of you could know the joy we have in the peace and security God has given us in each other. Feeling Camilla’s love every day, in spite of, whatever mistakes I make, helps me to understand God’s unconditional love even more.
With all the pressure on marriage from the secular world, we are not doing all we can for you if we do not help you stay married. There is nothing we as parents can do for our children that is more important than having the best marriage possible. Whether you are a long-time married couple, newlyweds, divorced, engaged or a teen who wonders how marriage can work in today’s world, this message is for you. If I can be any help to you, your spouse, or your family, please let me know.