I _____ Take You, ______ To Be My Wedded…
One of the special events that I get a front row seat to as a Pastor, are weddings. In fact I am usually standing about two feet away from the Bride and Groom as they exchange their vows and proclaim before their friends and family their promise of love and faithfulness. I have seen uncontrollable tears with the joy of the moment as well as a look of terror knowing that you have hundreds of eyes and ears fixed upon your every movement and word. Sadly these public promises are not always kept. In fact marriage vows are broken and sometimes people think that is the way it is in this age of no fault divorce.
Reality and the will of God are not the same thing. The commandments are meant to be the present situation and future plans for the people of God. In the same way wedding vows express a present reality with a promise to the future. Marriages fail, because we are all sinners and we break promises, but God wants us to never stop striving to live out His will for the future. If you have the blessing of Marriage why not close with speaking your vows to the one who has been a blessing to you.
I, _______, take you, _______, to be my wedded (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part, that we may become one in spirit, one in mind, one in affection, and above all things, one in Christ.