Marriage Joins Two People In the Circle of Its Love
Marriage is a commitment to life,
the best that two people can find and bring out in each other.
It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship
can equal. It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised
for a lifetime.
Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life's most important
relationships. A wife and a husband are each other's best friend, confidant,
lover, teacher, listener, and critic. And there may come times when one partner
is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring
of a parent for a child.
Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories
are fresher, commitment is stronger, even anger is felt more strongly, and passes
away more quickly.
Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages
and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing a love that
is deeper than life.
When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage, they create
a spirit unique unto themselves which binds them closer than any spoken or written
words. Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who
love each other and takes a lifetime to fulfil.
by Edmund O'Neill