Tomorrow is our second anniversary, and I’m finally getting around to something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Actually, I’ve wanted to do it since about 1997, when I visited my New Testament professor’s home. He and his wife had their vows hanging up in their kitchen for all to see and for them to remember daily. I thought that was such a neat idea.
Plus, Lawrance and I are making our wedding vows a part of our anniversary. Each year, on our anniversary we repeat them to each other again. So, as I’m digging through my hard drive trying to find them, I also stumbled upon the responsive reading we used in our Taiwanese wedding. Of course in the Taiwanese wedding, we used Chinese, but for my planning purposes, I used English.
I’m not sure where the idea came from–at this point it’s anyone’s guess. We had a few goals with our weddings–one was to stress the idea of a covenant, one was to stress grace, and another was to make Scripture central to everything. So, I compiled verses from the Bible into a responsive reading–I do remember it being too long and having a hard time cutting it down to a reasonable length. Another couple that got married after us had a man and woman take turns reading aloud these verses at their wedding, and that worked beautifully too.
Then the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him. (Gen 2:18)
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. (Gen 2:21)
And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. (Gen 2:22)
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Gen 2:24)
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. (Prov 18:22)
House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. (Prov 19:4)
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (Eph 5:22)
For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.(Eph 5:23)
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, (Eph 5:25)
Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (Eph 5:28)
You must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Col 3:12)
You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (Col 3:13)
And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. (Col 3:14)
And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father. (Col 3:17)
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else. (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. (Mat 19:6)