At our weddings there are guests, witnesses to our newly taken vows of life long marriage. These dear people are to have joy in our union and to support us throughout our married life. We are led to believe that this marriage is all about us and only us, and that its success affects only US. Well, think again.
For good or for bad, our marriages witness to those who live with us, and around us. Our marriages either fill people with the light of hope and anticipation for their own futures, or they bring shadows which others will try to avoid for dear life. My marriage and your marriage witness to how we should disagree (or not) with one another, how we forgive (or not), and encourage and value one another as gifts of God (or not).
Couples committed to their marriage can provide more good than ever imagined. They witness to the credibility of that elusive term “unconditional love” and the hope for attaining such a gift from a potential spouse in their future. They speak to acquaintances, friends and family, and as such can be a light of hope to our children, those struggling in their relationships, and to singles who are wondering if there's anyone out there who really understands what commitment actually means.
Loving marriages take work that you can never afford time off from, but it is so worth it! It proves a treasure for you, the couple, and for those around you. Believe it or not, your committed marriage can be a beacon of light!! So shine on!