Marriage is a very ancient idea. The Bible suggests it goes right back to
Adam and Eve, who were ‘made for each other’ (Genesis 2). Jesus’ teaching
on marriage, as exclusive, unbreakable and forging a new family unit, drew
on this original blueprint.
And Jesus loved a good wedding: he turned water into wine at a wedding
reception (John 2), his first recorded miracle. Even today, marriage exists
in practically every country and culture on earth.
So marriage has always been part of God’s good plan for us. And no
wonder! A good marriage is healthy, freeing and life-giving.
Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God. There is something in a public commitment of this magnitude that has a spiritual element to it and which can transform a relationship to a new and deeper level. When you commit to someone they are always in your thoughts; when you decide things, you always consider how it will affect them, not just you.
God intended marriage to offer the right place to grow in love and support for each other, fulfil our sexuality and provide a stable and secure environment for bringing up children. Marriage can change us for the better, and as we change, our marriage grows along with us.
In the marriage ceremony, a couple makes a public declaration of lifelong commitment to love each other. A commitment, by its nature, is a challenge. Saying ‘I will’ to those vows obliges you to forgive and be forgiven. It will be tough at times! So marriage is a risk, but a risk worth taking.
To plan your special day, first look at the “Our churches” page and contact your local church. They will talk with you, and together you can work on a service which will be special for you.
You can also read more about marriage on the dedicated Church of England site.
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