“Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:31-35, 37-39).
First-grader “Melanie” had announced that she had promised to marry the young gentleman who lived next door, but the engagement was broken abruptly. Why did you break your promise asked Melanie’s mother, with a twinkle in her eye. “Why aren’t you going to marry Danny?” “Well,” said Melanie, “I found out that he isn’t ready for marriage. And besides, he scribbled in my coloring book.”
In Thornton Wilder’s play, “The Skin Of Our Teeth,” Mrs. Antrobus tells her husband what she thinks about the marriage promise: “I didn’t marry you because you were perfect. I married you because you made a promise!” (Then she takes off her wedding ring and fondles it). “Your promise to me made it easy for me to put up with your faults. My promise to you made it easy for you to put up with my faults. Two imperfect people got married. It was the promise that made the difference.”
The marriage promise you make today flows from the ever-deepening…