Our wedding is only 150 days away! I’m SO looking forward to making K my handsome husband, to have and to hold til death do us part.
It all sounds so wonderful until I realize that marriage is hard… Two humans entering into a lifelong commitment to each other is a pretty crazy reality. There will be LOTS of ups and downs, I can imagine. I’ll hurt him, and he’ll hurt me. And yet, we’re committing to serve and love each other as husband and wife.
To serve and love…
Sounds pretty, but it’s incredibly hard. And yet, Jesus teaches this to us by washing his disciples’ feet. In the book of John, scripture says, “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him… When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
I think I’d like to have a foot washing in our ceremony to symbolize the necessity of serving one another in our marriage. I am not greater than K, nor my needs more important. The opposite is true as well: K is not greater than I, nor his needs more important.
We must commit to love and to serve with humility and trust, following Jesus’ example of servanthood.