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Marriage: A Wonderful Gift

Author: Nora Lord

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Marriage: A Wonderful Gift

"Why are men and women getting turned off marriage?", a BBC report asked recently. Nora Lord shares how her life has been transformed through marriage.

Imagine spending every day of your life with your best friend.

This is the gift God has blessed us with through our marriage. Okay, so not everything is plain sailing, but to wake up every morning and go to bed every night next to your other half is exactly how it is meant to be.

Our marriage was a match made in heaven. After all, we first met on a Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. Our Lady was clearly at work in the most beautiful way.

At 21 and 23, we were the first of all our friends to get married. We were, of course, questioned. Were we sure we wanted to be together forever? Why not wait a while to make sure?

All of these questions were easily answered, and not once was there a doubt in my mind that this was the right thing.

This was God’s plan, even from the beginning of time.

Sacred, Precious and Holy

It is saddening that so many of our friends decide they do not want to get married.

They are happy to co-habit and date numerous people. Some are afraid of commitment; some say they prefer their freedom, whilst others prefer non-conformity.

What many people fail to recognise is the true meaning and purpose of marriage.

It is a sacrament, a sacred, precious and holy gift given to us by God and the Church. It is a wonderful, joyful blessing that cannot be tainted.

Marriage, of course, is not all sunshine and roses; it requires commitment and self-sacrifice.

Love is not a fuzzy feeling; it is a choice and, at times, we must choose to love each other.

One reason we married so quickly was the desire we shared to have a family.

However, when we had been married for a few years and still no babies had appeared, we began to wonder whether this was God’s plan for us.

Into God's Hands

We placed these desires into God’s hands which, at times, felt difficult. However, through our shared faith and prayers, we knew we could get through it together.

After our first baby did not make it to term, the doctors told us we would be unable to have children.

Whilst this was a huge blow to both of us, it was something we managed with the love we shared for each other and the knowledge that God held it all in His plan.

We came to accept this only to find out, weeks later, that we were expecting again, which led to the birth of our beautiful daughter.

Through everything we have shared together, the highs and the lows, God’s love and promises remain constant.

Marriage is not always the easy choice; it requires complete trust in both God and the person you are marrying.

Yet it is the most fulfilling and rewarding choice, which allows two lives to become one in Christ.

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