Monday, July 30, 2012

better than marriage

During my recent bloggy silence I wrote and led a seminar on marriage. One of the things that struck me as I read and reflected on marriage is how there is something much, much better.
Human marriage is just a shadow. Just a hint. Just a pale echo. Just an appetiser. Just a teaser. Just a foretaste of the real context in which love can be given and received and enjoyed…(Eph 5:22-33)... All the love and security and protection and companionship and intimacy and ecstasy of any healthy human marriage is just a pointer to the far greater love and far greater security and far greater protection and far greater companionship and far greater intimacy and far greater ecstasy of being with God himself. (From my husband's sermons on the Song of Songs)
Marriage…is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short…Very soon the shadow will give way to Reality. The partial will pass into the Perfect. The foretaste will lead to the Banquet. The troubled path will end in Paradise. A hundred candle-lit evenings will come to their consummation in the marriage supper of the Lamb. And this momentary marriage will be swallowed up by Life. Christ will be all and in all. And the purpose of marriage will be complete. (John Piper This Momentary Marriage 178)


Rachael said...

I've identified the offending post... the one about memorisation! Goodness... what did you say?

This post was a good reminder for me. Thanks.

Jean said...

:D I was writing about bible memorization being a weapon in the battle with sin!!! I could always send it to you in an email.

Rachael said...

Our internet filters are terribly strict. It can be very annoying sometimes. Don't worry about sending it to me. I'll get the RSS feed working again, which for some reason hasn't been working for a while.