The following was a wedding homily, which I’ve adapted here for written and public format.
“Marriage is…(fill in the blank?)” I wonder how we would finish that sentence, using just one word. “Marriage is (what?).” If we had the time, it’d be interesting to survey a range of people and hear all the different ways folks would answer that question.
Maybe some would say, especially at a wedding, “Marriage is… beautiful.” Or maybe others would say, “Marriage is a gift.”
And both of those are true. But what if I told you that we could also finish that sentence this way, “Marriage is death”?
Now if marriage is something of a death, I suppose that means a wedding is in fact a funeral. And if you’re the ones getting married, that means on your wedding day you’re actually attending your own funerals!
That’s what I would like us to consider: marriage as a death.
1. Leaving & Cleaving
First, marriage involves the death of two independent lives, as husband and wife come together to form “one flesh.”Continue reading