Sacrifice is the essence of covenant making. And the sacrifice you both offer today is yourselves
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.
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.
Cherish this woman. She is for you, all fair, more lovely than you know, stronger than you expect, more forgiving than you deserve.
We cherish and nurture our own body—yet in marriage we become one flesh. We take care of ourselves. We look out for ourselves. And in marriage men learn better than anywhere else to love someone else, to look after her interests, to be thoughtful and careful and kind.