May 26, 2001 at Trinity Church in Bolton
I am very thankful to have known you these four years. I am even more thankful to stand here today and pledge my life to you. You are more than I could have ever asked for or imagined. You are a lily among thorns. I believe without a doubt that God placed you in my life at just the right time.
I don't think that life works correctly without God. Therefore I don't believe that marriage will work without him either. I will look to Christ as head of our home as I have looked to him as head of the church.
I will love you in all circumstances. I will love you the way God intends love to be, not the way this world defines it. I hereby lay down my life for you. I realize that times will be tough, and that I may not always feel in love with you. in those times I will not seek pleasure from others, but I will be faithful to you only. I will be the man that comforts, helps, and provides security for you for the rest of my life. This is my solemn vow.
Today in front of everyone here I vow my love and life-long commitment to you. I promise today to be your faithful wife, loving and serving you in all the days that lie ahead, embracing times of challenge as well as times of joy. I do not take this vow lightly, as so many in our world do, but promise that until the Lord takes us from this Earth I will be yours alone. I will strive to serve you, as God directs, and will respect you, encourage you, and help you become the great man God has created you to be. I see so many amazing gifts and qualities in you that I respect so much, and am excited to grow together in the days ahead. Wether illness overcomes you or circumstance drains us, I will still be by your side. I'm not going anywhere. I know there will be hard times, temptations, and trials, but I vow my faithfulness to you as long as I live, and know that the Lord will guide us as we commit ourselves also to him.
Four years ago today I received my very first kiss, and I am so excited for you to kiss me again today, though this time as my beloved husband. I love you and am blessed to have you. I admire so much in you and feel like one lucky gal to get to marry my best friend today.
"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself." -C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)