CHURCH - CHAPEL
in Ecclesiastes 4, it is written that 'Two are better than one; because they
have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up
his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not
another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat,
but how can one be warm alone?'"
Reverend Rutledge paused for a moment and
looked down at the two couples as they stood hand in hand, listening to his
in Ephesians 5, Paul writes 'So ought men to love their wives as their own
bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet
hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the
Church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his
bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall
be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great
mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless
let everyone one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the
wife see that she reverence her husband."
He gently closed the Good Book and smiled
warmly as he nodded.
Patterson, today you
leave your childhood behind and become men. I implore you to be men who
love and cherish their wives. As Paul has said, you should love your wife
as much as you love yourself because, in marriage, you become one and your wife
becomes a part of you."
Stephanie, likewise should
you respect your husbands. Give them the proper honor and reverence that
they deserve as they are the heads of the home. However, as a wife, you
must also help your husband and support your husband. In Genesis 2, verse
18, it says, 'And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be
alone; I will make him a help meet for him.'"
"What this scripture is trying to say is
that God created a wife for Adam to support him -- to raise him up when he was
in need. I'm sure that you've all heard the expression 'Behind every
successful man is a successful woman.' That's what I'm trying to say to
you, today. To be a successful wife, you must love and support your
husband. Only then, will he be a successful husband. When he is a
successful husband, you shall be a successful wife because, in marriage, you two
"Face each day with the love you
share. Weather any storm that life should throw at you. Together, in
love, you can accomplish all things."
Slowly, the minister stepped down from his
pulpit and walked to the front of the altar where he turned to face the two
"Gentlemen, do you have the rings?"
do," replied Reginald and Patterson, in unison.
"These rings that you are about to
exchange symbolize the unbreakable bond that you are about to share. A
perfect circle, never ending. This will be your lives together.
Whole, complete, united. Reginald, will you take Jillian's hand."
Reginald turned to face Jillian and took her
hand into his, gazing lovingly down into her eyes.
"Do you, Reginald Charles Callison, take
this woman, Jillian Marie Stokes, to be your lawfully wedded wife? To love, honor, and
richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; as long as you both shall
"And do you, Jillian...."
Jillian spoke up suddenly.
A slight gasp filtered through the room.
"Darling, what is it?" Reginald
asked softly, a knot of dread forming in his stomach. "Is something
"N-no," she muttered weakly as she
reached out to grab his arm. She swallowed hard to fight the dryness that
had begun to appear in her throat. "N-nothing's...wrong. I
just...I just want to...."
Suddenly, Jillian's world went dark as she
collapsed into Reginald's arms.