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Good quotes for weddings

I had occasion to be at a wedding yesterday and then in church this morning, I heard a sermon on Colossians 3.18-19 (Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them) as our church continues the Colossians series. On both occasions, I heard some great quotes that I must put in my backpocket for future weddings.

"Fathers are always slightly in awe of their daughters"

I certainly feel that way about my little girl and if (and I hope when) I come to do my ‘Father of the Bride’ speech, I’ll have to remember that one. It was interesting to hear the father of the bride yesterday note that he had prayed for his daughter’s future husband since before she was born, that he would love God and love his daughter almost as much as he did. I have already prayed once for my daughter’s husband but I must admit I found it quite a strange prayer to pray… mainly because of thoughts of losing her to another man. I certainly understand already why fathers make such a fuss about the boys their girls go out with.

"It’s more important to love the one you marry, than to marry the one you love"

The sermon this morning was drawn up in the context of the differences between the different greek words for love and the (woman) preacher went on to note that you could describe that statement as:

"It’s important to agape the one you marry, than to marry the one you eros"

She told a story of a man who married young shortly before he went off to be an ambulance driver in the first world war. Towards the end of the war, he had caught influenza and been nursed back to health by a lovely french nurse with whom he had fallen in love. Nothing had happened but he confessed the emotional attachment to his wife when he had returned home and she had forgiven him. Together they made a great life, had kids and it was not until death that they did indeed part. On the wedding day of their first child, a girl, his wife had leaned over to him and said the words quote above.

Great stuff.

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