For Better, For Worse

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Weddings are kind of weird things for me right now.

I currently have a few recently married friends and engaged friends.  I look at them and see the love filling their eyes.  With joy and hope infusing everything about them.  With an entire future spread out before them.

For Better for worse

2015 was a weird year for me.  It was a really great year, as I came to see and understand new depths of the hope, grace, and freedom in Christ.  And it was also an extremely horrible year as we had to say good-bye to two of our children.

Sometimes when I see the newly-in-love couples, my heart wants to scream at them, “You don’t know what’s coming!”

Financial difficulties.
Death of loved ones.
Dreams ending.
Health problems.

There are host of things that most couples will go through at one point or another in their years together.

I think back to our own wedding day.  When we were so happy and the joy of the years of our future spread out before us.  We had no idea what was in store for us.

I don’t intend that to be a bad thing or a condescending, “Just wait until you get to where I am.”  Because…

That joy is a beautiful thing.  And after the hardships we have been through, culminating most recently in our two miscarriages, I have seen even more what it means to grow in our love for each other for better or for worse.

Worse will come.  Worse has come.

But in a way, that worse is also the better.  It is the worse that draws us closer to each other, that brings us to the better.  It makes me love my husband in a deeper way that I cannot even begin to describe.   The worse and the better are intertwined.

Yes, sometimes my recent pain and grief have me wondering what couples will experience down the road.  I want to warn them, but I don’t know what I would say.  I guess I do know what I would say.  Cling to that for better and for worse.  It will test you like you cannot imagine, but it has the capacity to draw you together like you cannot imagine as well.

So, pledge that for better and for worse.  Look with joy and wonder-filled love at your amazing wonderful person you are going to spend your life with.  Because that is the person who will be there with you on your worse days.  The person you will be there for on their own worse days.

Love your love.  It is amazing right now and it will continue to be amazing.

-Bonnie

 

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7 thoughts on “For Better, For Worse

  1. What a beautiful tribute to marriage! I agree… the wedding is the easy, rosy part, and the day-in-day-out marriage is the challenge sometimes. So glad we approach our marriage with the spirit of commitment that we pledged on our wedding day. It helps bring joy out of the challenges!

  2. So much truth in these words. Ugly days will always come. It takes strength and commitment to weather those times. It requires a relationship built on Jesus and complete loyalty. Great post! Many young people need to here these words before making commitments.

  3. Great post! So many people think marriage is the answer to all their problems, but problems don’t end just because you have a spouse! Having someone does make those problems easier to bear, though….thank God for that!!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. So much truth, it’s so hard to understand but the hard times in my marriage are definitely things the Lord used for His glory in molding our marriage into something beautiful!

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