Never forget you are members of the bride of Christ—His holy Christian Church. And, unlike we enlightened and free thinking folk of today, marriage actually means something to Him, and because of that, to us. It means He truly never will leave us or forsake us and that He will honor and cherish and take care of us for as long as we both shall live. It means that He will have... us and hold us—for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health--from the day of our Baptism by which we are conceived by the Holy Spirit and placed us in the protective and nurturing care of the Church that bears us into the kingdom of heaven. It means we never have to worry about losing our heavenly family through divorce, or our eternal life through abortion or abuse—even if we have been guilty or party to any of the same in our lives.
To hear the entire sermon preached for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, "Christ-Marriage-Church," click on this link. http://lcmssermons.com/index.php?sn=3646