I don’t think I have every anticipated anything like today. Emmalie and I are getting married as this is posting. All I can do at this point is look at Christ and long for his leadership in my marriage. I feel very unworthy to be called a husband today. But just as the New Year has come, so Christ has made me into a new creation by his blood. So although I don’t feel worthy of bearing this title, he has made me worthy by his death and resurrection.
Today, I look to Ephesians 5 for instruction on this new stage:
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
I love Emmalie dearly, and have chosen to love her for as long as we both are living. Only by the cross of Christ can I accomplish this glorious task. Prayers are greatly appreciated!