Marriage Vows: What Are We Really Vowing to Do? (by one of our readers)


“Cherish means to protect and care for someone lovingly, adore, hold dear, love, dote on, be devoted to, revere, esteem, admire, think the world of, care for, tend to, look after, protect, preserve, keep safe.” Do those words resonate with you? Is your heart cared for, protected, cherished? Or do you feel unloved, disrespected, attacked, empty, neglected, nagged, or abused? Follow this writer’s perspective through an examination of the wedding vows…

A Cry For Justice

I, (name), take you, (name), to be my [opt: lawfully wedded] (husband/wife), my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect [opt: obey] you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

Above is a traditional wedding vow. It is said on a day usually filled with happiness and love, shared between two people and their family and friends. Although several today in the Family Integrated Churches movement are adding much more to these vows, the above vows areā€¦

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