Thursday, July 14, 2011

Marriage: A Family Is Born




Man and woman.

Heaven’s grace

reaching, touching

altar’s lace.

Gift of God,

the sealing power.

Life eternal

from that hour

is theirs. A prize

to lose or keep

by covenant

that runs heart-deep.

A family born.

A promise sure.

If man and woman

but endure.


His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

Psalms 89:29

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31 comments:

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

"IF a man and woman but endure" - mighty challenging. Why don't people think about the covenant before they leap? This was wonderful, Sue.

Ames said...

The vow... it's a powerful bind that ties.~Ames

Jen said...

Super sweet...and very true!

jen said...

Which temple is that? I don't recognize it offhand.

Momza said...

to endure...that is the key, right there. lovely Sue.

Dixie Mom said...

Just beautiful. I've been having this discussion with people lately. This poem is a perfect way to describe it.

Splendid Little Stars said...

a covenant...a promise deep in the heart.
love, a verb, not a feeling that flies away. Love is an action word.

Lisalulu said...

A BEAUTIFUL poem, and would make a nice gift for a couple (or family) going through the temple. 'endure'

Cathy Kennedy said...

Your poetry is so lovely. I like this one alot! I wish I had a gift to write poems, but I don't. My mind just goes blank!

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Karen Mortensen said...

Wow. That gave me chills.

Grandma Honey said...

That is the most beautiful marriage poem I think I've ever read!

karen said...

I agree with Lisalulu - it would make a lovely gift to a couple. Beautiful, Sue!

Kelly said...

Perfect! Thank you Sister Anderson.

As Sistas in Zion said...

Beautiful Sue! If we can but endure the blessings are ours!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is beautiful! I wish people would take their vows more seriously.

Judie said...

A beautiful piece, Sue. As always, I am in awe of your gift.

Darlene said...

Oh my, this is so good that I may have to use it for the wedding cards we sent out to those married in the temple. We have been using one of your other ones for years and always get comments on it. They are both so good though, it's going to be a hard choice. Could I use both or would that be overkill. Thanks for this one.

yaya said...

I love the poem and the pic too. What's so sweet is we have Sister in our Branch who just got married. She's in her 60's...she was married before but to a non-member. They divorced. She's always wanted a Temple marriage. Probably thought it would never happen. Only it did this past June..her new hubby is 88! But they are both very happy and she has her heart's desire...an eternal marriage..they married in the Manti Temple...

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

This is beautiful, Sue! This would make a wonderful wedding present.

And is the gorgeous picture that of the inside of a Mormon Temple? I have never been inside or seen the inside of a Mormon Temple. It is beautiful!

Kristin said...

Lovely! Do you mind if I copy this for my kids? It's a beautiful gift idea - just thinking how to present it . . .

Kristin

afeistychick said...

I love the simplicity and depth of your poems and you as well:)

Sue said...

In answer to Jen's question, the picture is of the Manti temple.

=)

Jocelyn Christensen said...

nice...my parents were married in the Manti temple.

myorii said...

Beautiful poem :) Marriage is such a sacred thing that it makes me sad every time I hear that the divorce rate is high.

Farmer's Wyfe said...

You always put so much meaning into so few words. Beautiful and deep.

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Ooo, and I just LOVE the song you have with this one...it was the only song my husband requested to be sung at our wedding...and two of my best friends did an amazing job singing it. :) Thanks for the memories.

Pondside said...

People don't think about the covenant anymore - but it is one of the most beautiful promises if a couple endures.

Joy For Your Journey said...

OH this is beautiful--and totally along the lines of what I have been thinking constantly about for the past several months. Very beautiful!

Amy said...

Big happy smile and heart full. Beautiful.

H said...

One of the reading at our wedding was: 'Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.' Ecclesiastes 4:12
(A covenant made between us in the presence of God)

Jenny said...

Sue. This was wonderful. I really liked the simple, powerful words you used here.

Bravo, sweet lady!

As always...your posts are magical.

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