It was a big wedding. The bride's mother was ushered to her seat by her 24-year-old son.
He sat beside her,and Dad came back to sit beside them after he had given away the bride.
The son seemed unaffected by the ceremony until they came to the "unity candle."
He looked puzzled.
Mom whispered, "Son, do you know what that means?"

He said, "Hmmm - no more old flames?"


Gen 24:1-4
1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.


Marriage is a holy institution and a life-long learning experience.
Marriage, first formed by God Himself, is a covenant for a lifetime between one woman and one man.

Maybe parents should not have the final say concerning marriage partner choices, but their advice should certainly carry much weight.
Also, parents should be close enough to their children to influence them even when they are old enough to make their own choices.

Cultures are different, and cultural differences afford men and women many points of difficulty.
Abraham was aware that Isaac needed a wife from the same cultural background.
Even when raised in a similar manner, men and women will find difficulty in learning to adjust and live with one another.

The church "family" is the best place to find a marriage partner.
Ann and I were blessed.
We were raised in the same church, and in families with similar cultural characteristics.
We've known each other since she was 3 and I was 5.
Even at that, we've had times when marriage was somewhat difficult.
We never argue, but you can hear some of our DISCUSSIONS a block away!

Marriage should involve FIRST, a commitment to God, and SECOND a commitment to one another.
God should be considered the first priority and the third party in a marriage.
As the couple looks toward God, grows toward Him, and derives direction from Him, they will grow closer together.

By the way, Isaac was now 37 years old!
Meditate on THAT!

Love ya,