Two years ago, today, my beautiful wife, Susan, and I were married. Over the past two years, the Lord has been working intensely upon our hearts through the gift of marriage; weeding out sin, and forming Christ in us. Marriage has been both wonderful and difficult. By God’s good grace, we bought a house, welcomed Gresham David Joseph Fiske, and, in sum, been blessed far beyond what we deserve. I love you, Susan (“my beautiful Berghen”).
Below is a quote that appeared on the back of our wedding program, and is a fitting reminder of God’s good design and gift in marriage:
As you first gave the ring to one another and have now received it a second time from the hand of the pastor, so love comes from you, but marriage from above, from God. As high as God is above man, so high are the sanctity the rights, and the promise of marriage above the sanctity, the rights, and the promise of love. It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison