Who Makes The And? by Phil
For the last few months our home has been in wedding decoration mode. Pam did a great job arranging floral centerpieces for the reception tables, wrapping candles in lace and assorted crafty things. In fact, for a while our kitchen table and island resembled a flower warehouse, but it's getting back to normal now.
On one of her shopping adventures at Hobby Lobby, Pam came home with glittering gold, cursive "Mr" and "Mrs" signs a foot tall. "These will be perfect for the head table," Pam proudly proclaimed. There was only one problem, there was no "and" sign. She scoured the store both in person and online, but found nothing that would complete the set. Now was a perfect opportunity for me to ride in, like a knight on a saw horse, to save the day.
"I'll make an 'and' for you!" I confidently claimed. Besides, what a great excuse to play in my woodshop.
I found a font that matched the letters, printed a template, picked out a nice slab of wood and got busy on my scroll saw. After a bit of sanding, smoothing and several coats of paint, I had a very nice foot tall ampersand. I even made wooden stands and mounted the letters so they would sit upright on the table. Everyone was pleased, and I enjoyed a brief moment as hero of the day.
That got me thinking... so many marriages fail today, often because they try to make their own "and." Two people stand at an altar and make promises with every intention of applying every human effort to make this magical union work. And for a while it does, but then the new wears off and the real work starts, and keeping the "and" working seems way to hard. There's a reason for that, we were never intended to make our own "and." Just look at the verse used in so many wedding ceremonies...
“Haven’t you read,” he [Jesus] replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” - Matthew 19:4-6
Who does the joining? God. Every marriage takes work, but as Pam often says, successful marriages take three. God makes the "and."
So to anyone who is thinking of getting married, newly married or years down the marriage road, take a moment to thank God for bringing you together and pray for his sustaining power in your relationship. Who's a better marriage expert than the One who created it in the first place?
Whenever you hear "Mr and Mrs," remember, God makes the "and."