Love & Marriage

Dear Faithful Praying Family & Friends,

Today is our 36th wedding anniversary and I am emboldened to share with you a quote on love and marriage.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer [1906-1945]  was a Christian theologian, Lutheran pastor, martyr, and one of the most significant witnesses of the twentieth century.  This is an excerpt from A Wedding Sermon:

“Marriage is more than your love for each other:  It has a higher dignity and power, for it is God’s holy ordinance, through which he wills to perpetuate the human race, until the end of time.  In your love, you see only your two selves in the world but, in marriage, you are a link in the chain of generations, which God causes to come and to pass to his glory, and calls into his kingdom.  In your love, you see only the heaven of your happiness but, in marriage, you are placed at a post of responsibility toward the world and mankind.  Your love is your own private possession but marriage is more than something personal — it is a status, an office.  Just as it is the crown, and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of God and man . . . It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.”

Coram Deo,



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2 responses to “Love & Marriage

  1. Cliff Fenlason

    Judy and I would like to start following your journey and praying for you, Margo. I had forgotten that we share an anniversary. Sept. 2 was our 42nd. We celebrated by going to JJ’s Fish House and then exploring Bainbridge Island. We sat on the beach at a state park there and reminisced, reflected and imagined the future a bit. You and Steve are a precious couple and true “forever friends.”

  2. Dear Cliff & Judy,

    I’m thankful that you are reading my blog and praying for me. I had also forgotten that we share the same wedding anniversary date! That is very special! You two have been our mentors all these years — even long-distance!

    Very fondly,

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