I had the privilege of officiating a wedding with these incredible vows. I asked permission to share the vows because I was so moved and the groom graciously agreed.
“In the presence of our Father in heaven, our family and friends, I Joshua take you Nicole to be my beloved wife. You are the women God chose for me, you are exceedingly abundantly above all I could have ask or thought of. As we enter into this covenant I vow to give myself completely to you and function as one inseparable organism. I will be your faithful partner, protector, lover, and friend. I will lay down my life for you and I will strive to provide for you both physically and spiritually. Although I will fail, as we journey home I will strive to be a tangible picture of Christ, being conformed to His image. By Gods grace and power I will lead you as I follow Christ, I will be a man of constant repentance, always seek reconciliation between us. By Gods grace I promise to always pursue you and fight for our marriage. I will walk alongside of you in sickness and in health, in good times and hard times from this day forward until death do us part.”
“I Nicole, before the Lord our God, take you Joshua, to be my husband and partner in marriage. From this moment forward, I vow to live the remainder of our time together on this earth as one unit, working steadfastly toward the same goal—the glory of our Savior. I vow to remain faithful to our union, forsaking all others, never separating what the God of Heaven and Earth has put together. Joshua, You complete me in ways that I never even knew I needed to be completed, you truly are the greatest gift that God has ever given me and my hearts desire is to never forget that. I so deeply want to always be your best friend and helper. I wish that I could stand here and promise you the world. I wish that I could vow to forever be excited to be the one that gets to wash your clothes, make you food, or take off your redwings after a long day at work. But I am human and as much as I never want to hurt you, the reality is that as a wife, I am going to fail. And to be honest that scares me. But His grace is sufficient in our weakness so by the power of our God I vow to love and respect you unconditionally. I vow to encourage you in your strengths and help you in your weaknesses. And in the moments when I do fail, I vow to repent and continue to strive to be the best wife that I can be: for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health until death do us part.”
May our marriages reflect spirit of repentance and Christ centeredness.