Story of the day:  The Braid of Marriage

     As Jeff and I were reading one of his books for his upcoming class called Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts, I came across a line in the book that really stood out.  There are so many reality shows on television about the wedding day.  From Bridezillas to Poor Bride-Rich Bride ,all of which show on television the planning process for the big day.  But, these reality shows lack something very important.  “The truth is, most engaged couples prepare more for their wedding day than they do for their marriage.”  If every couple before they got married spent as much time on preparing for their marriage as they do for their wedding date, then the fairy tale “happy ever after” may become more of a reality than hoping for the best.  So what can be done for those that are preparing for marriage or for those who have already tied the knot?

     There’s a story about a braid.  If any of you have every seen a braid or braided hair, you know that there is a planning process that goes on.  The hair is parted into strands.  At first, the braid appears to contain only two strands.  But it is impossible to create a braid with only two strands.  If the two could be put together at all, they would quickly unravel. 

     Herein lies the mystery:  What looks like two strands requires a third.  The third strand, though not immediately evident, keeps the strands tightly woven. 

     In a Christian marriage, God’s presence, like the third strand in a braid, holds husband and wife together.  The planning process of a great marriage, just like the braid, requires a third strand.  “The aching, burning urge you and your partner have to be connected -soul to soul- just like the braid, can only be quenched when your spirits are joined by a greater Spirit, Jesus Christ”-the ultimate connector.

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“And they became one that couldn’t be broken.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 5:30

“For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for my spouse.  I praise You for leading me to Him and thank You for uniting us as one.  I pray that You bless our marriage and the lives that have come from our union.  I pray that we follow as You lead us to Your calling and that our love for You and each other will continue to grow strong as the strands on the braid.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

    

    

    

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Comments
  1. Kevin Hughes says:

    This was the idea behind my wife and I coming up with the “Marriage Braid” and the “Marriage Braid” Ceremony. We modeled our wedding and marriage after Ecclesiastes 4:12 which states that “…a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

    We used the “Marriage Braid” in our ceremony instead of a unity candle or the sand ceremony because they were lacking one thing…God. The “Marriage Braid” provides a true representation of what God intended marriage to be, the coming together of the Bride and Groom and God in an unbreakable cord of three.

  2. Christy says:

    Thank you Kevin. Your words of wisdom have touched many people including my husband and I. Not only is it a true representation of marriage, the beauty that the braid represents is very powerful! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me.

    Christy:)

  3. […] “In a Christian marriage, God’s presence, like the third strand in a braid, holds husband and wife together.  The planning process of a great marriage, just like the braid, requires a third strand.  “The aching, burning urge you and your partner have to be connected -soul to soul- just like the braid, can only be quenched when your spirits are joined by a greater Spirit, Jesus Christ”-the ultimate connector.” https://christypovolish.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/the-braid-of-marriage/  […]

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