In true philosophical fashion I cannot just be a normal and enjoy the celebrations then call it a day. Your girl can't help but think about the purpose and significance of the union between a man and woman.
I reckon it's more than just saying yes to the dress. It's more than getting the ring. It's more than having someone to wake up to every morning.
It is the biggest declaration of human love that the world will ever see. Selflessness, understanding, compassionate, patient, enduring, guiding/correcting - all ways in which God also loves us.
Women are called to submit to their husbands. This is a statement that triggers 21st century women. Why? Because many of us have submitted to wreckless boyfriends who don't know how to handle something as precious as a heart. The gift of submission is to be reserved for those men who are worthy. Not because they are prefect, but because they endeavour to understand and exhibit what it means to truly love a woman. Submission isn't about being tied to the kitchen sink but about honouring the role of a man in a union, which is particularly important in a society seeking to emasculate and degrade the roles of men in the family.
Men are called to love their wives the way that Christ loved the Church, to put away selfishness and to exhibit loving sacrifice and servitude (yes just like Jesus the #servantking ). To lay down one's life and past ways to love her when she is unlovable and to push her towards God.
Christ's love is not dominating but expects and seeks the best. As Christ guides us towards the path of righteousness so do husbands guide the family.
This testimony of love is not just between man and wife, but an example to children raised in that union. It is their first experience of what love looks like and shapes what they will expect in their own relationships. We must be mindful of what we expose children to.
It is also a testimony of love to friends family and acquaintances in life. especially for those who may have not had the privilege to witness healthy relationships growing up.
What does #marriage mean to you?