Friday, August 21, 2009

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Marriage

In May 1943, when Dietrich Bonhoeffer was in prison in Nazi Germany for his involvement in the German resistance, he wrote a wedding sermon for two good friends who were getting married. In that sermon he noted that, "Just as it is the crown, and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of God and man. As you ifrst gave the ring to one another and have nor 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." Letters & Papers From Prison, p. 43.

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