Music and the Spoken Word: The promise of marriage
Posted May 22
Editor's note: “The Spoken Word” is shared by Lloyd Newell each Sunday during the weekly Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast.
Why is it that so many of us cry at weddings — even if we don’t know the happy couple that well? Few moments evoke such tenderness of feeling as the union of two people who pledge to live their lives as one. A new beginning unlike any other, a wedding invites us to think about life and its purposes a little more deeply. It reminds us that to be united with another in love and loyalty, to be devoted to another’s well-being, can make life meaningful and worthwhile. Not only the couple but all who join in the celebration of their union rejoice in the miracle of marriage.
Some might suggest that a wedding is an unnecessary formality. But the time-honored tradition of a couple coming before their loved ones to make solemn marriage vows signifies the sincerity of their commitment. It invites all to take an interest in their success, for their pledge connects them not only to each other but also to their families and friends and even to God.
A wedding is not just the celebration of a day — it’s the beginning of a sacred bond that can carry a couple through a lifetime of trials and difficulties. On that day they plant the seeds of strength and hope. As the tender relationship grows, the special promises and memories of their wedding day can help them weather the storms of life.
Many couples celebrate anniversaries of their wedding day to remember and renew their commitment and love. But a once-a-year commemoration is not enough to keep love alive, any more than annual watering is enough to nourish a growing plant. Continual reminders and daily habits are necessary to keep the relationship vibrant.
Whether we are married or not, we all want the relationship of a newly married couple to succeed, for healthy societies are built on healthy marriages. So when you have occasion to see a couple marry, go ahead and cry tears of joy. Join in their happiness, and celebrate the promise of a new beginning. Celebrate the promise of married love.