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for Kenny and Katelyn, on covenant

Sacrifice is the essence of covenant making. And the sacrifice you both offer today is yourselves

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they are playing our song

We have fallen in and out of love a hundred times, and we have seen the peaks and the valleys, from the sublime to the ridiculous. And we always come back to that covenant we have made and kept.

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words for a wedding

A covenant is not just a promise before God, it is a promise like God’s, who has said He will never leave you nor forsake you.

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the sky is falling

The folks over at CNN are warning us that the marriage apocalypse is just around the corner. They are always warning us about something, since ratings indicate they have half as many viewers as FOX.

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a prudent woman is from the Lord

Katie gives our shared life roots and steadiness, things I need. Things every man needs.

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how did Christ love the church?

Imagine the grace poured out on us when we least expected it, and the forgiveness extended to us when we least deserved it. Imagine it and emulate it.

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why marriage matters

Covenant making is not merely about the symbolism of what we do here this afternoon. It is about substance. This is no mere contract that you make.

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tips for the toast

Katie and I attend several weddings a year and sometimes the wedding toasts are painful. It makes you wish there were auditions. Or an age limit—I’m thinking 35. I can’t imagine life as a wedding photographer, listening to shallow people talking about themselves every weekend.

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in praise of (good)wives

I’m blessed to have a helpmate who helps. The Puritans referred to their wives as goodwives. Pretty wise, those Puritans, to see a wife as a blessing, a literal gift from the giver of every good and perfect thing.

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a mystery profound

Cherish this woman. She is for you, all fair, more lovely than you know, stronger than you expect, more forgiving than you deserve.

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