June 9, 2007.
Yesterday, we celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. I thought it would be fun to revisit our wedding vows that we wrote to each other.
I, Jonathan, take you Mary to be my wife. As I begin this new life with you, I can only begin to express my deepest feelings of excitement and pure happiness that this day and the following days will bring. The Lord has entrusted me with one of his most precious gifts and I promise to always love and provide for you, to stand by you in your most trying times and to never let you give up on your most sacred dreams and aspirations. I promise to grow spiritually with you and to help build our foundation on the love, compassion and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. All of these things I pledge to you today Mary, before our Father who is in Heaven and also who is here with us now. From this day forward, I am your husband. This is my solemn vow.
Mary's vows to Jonathan:
I, Mary, choose you Jonathan to be my husband. I promise to love you unconditionally as God has loved us and to forgive you as we have been forgiven. I promise to love and cherish you, to grow with you in good times and in the bad. I welcome the challenges of whatever obstacles that we might encounter because I know whatever problems we are faced with we face them together. I promise to support your dreams and help you accomplish you goals because you dreams are as important to me as my own. And with you I will try to better understand ourselves, the world that we live in and our God. From this day forward I am your wife. This is my solemn vow.
Those two kids were idiots...
If I were to rewrite our wedding vows they would sound a little different.
I, Mary, take you Jonathan to be my husband. I promise to love you. We are going to face challenges: Unplanned pregnancy, emergency c-section, colicky baby, one income, budgets, postpartum depression, infertility, moves, new House, new community, ear tubes, tonsillectomies, unemployment, new job, Ear tubes #2, traffic, brain surgery, brain cancer, steroids, and teenagers. I will walk through Hell for you and with you. I promise to love you fiercely, to fight fairly and to keep Jesus in the center of our marriage. From this day forward I am your wife. This is my solemn vow.
God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it.