As a wedding Officiant, I have the honour and privilege to unite couples in marriage as a celebration of their love for each other.

To be honest, when Brides and Grooms pledge their vows to each other –  I can’t help (at times) wonder what their lives will be like in one, five, ten, twenty-five years, etc.

Will their love survive the ups and downs of life?

When challenges come – whether financial, illness, children or family, etc., will they continue to honour their vows “for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, etc”? I hope and pray they do.

But sadly with divorce rates high, it is only natural to contemplate these things.

As a Christian, I pray prior to each ceremony. Not only for God’s grace as I officiate the ceremony but also and perhaps more importantly for the bride and groom as they’re about to commence their journey together.

A new chapter in their lives, filled with hope and excitement for the future.

Whatever faith you practice (or none) perhaps you too can take a few moments (in the privacy of your hearts) and pray for and/or wish them well?

After all, you hold a very special place in their hearts, since you’ve been invited to their wedding as their guests.

Your prayer, your wish, your blessing, your support at the wedding and in years to come may just be what will keep their marriage strong through the challenges of life.

Whether they know it or not, I know they’ll be extremely grateful.

Thank you on their behalf.

Rev. Rudy. H. Heezen M.T.S

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