What Makes for a Beautiful Marriage

I’ve read quite a few stories of Christian weddings where the bride and groom kissed for the first time or were together as man and wife for the first time on their first night. My tears flowed at one time after reading one of those stories shared on Christian blogs. For isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? Coming together for the very first time on your wedding night? That was also my fervent dream growing up. But somewhere between my young girl dream and marriage at 33, that idealism was lost completely. For the ways of the world never collide with the ways of holiness.

And so, looking back, even if the bride that I was was garbed in a designer wedding gown, rode on a stretched limousine, and me and my groom received guests at the grand ballroom of a 5-star hotel — I regretted the path we took to reach the altar. Crying one night, I told my husband how I wished we could remake that one single day and night in our lives and experience how it was to be a pure, blushing bride.

Then came the 2-year chasm in the marriage where the sin of adultery reigned. How can one redeem the beauty of a ruined marriage?

My answer is this: It starts with the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other who can turn the ashes into beauty. He it is who makes a marriage sacred. In the flurry of our glitzy Catholic wedding, we had completely forgotten to invite Him into our lives. Thus, there was no blessing in the real sense of the word. But one solemn afternoon in our living room, me, dressed in a simple white suit and my husband in his barong tagalog, a preacher from our Church blessed us as husband and wife. It was our Christian wedding. And it was beautiful. Why? Because of the grace of the Lord which washed us from our sins and made us white as snow. Grace is beautiful. Forgiveness is its crown.

To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (Is. 61:3)

I have not seen a perfect marriage in my world from my childhood to adulthood. Everywhere I look (that is, the ones that I can look into),  I see flaws, some kind of ugliness, and some measure of pain. Our marriage is one of those. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t carry its own beauty. With the love and grace of the Lord, beauty can never be absent.

I see beauty whenever my husband assists to wash me. From the top of my head to the tip of my toes, he lovingly and efficiently bathes me while we talk. Sometimes we break down laughing and I will spray him with the shower head. Those are the times I’m strong. Sometimes, we’re quiet as I endure the whole process, sitting still in my wheelchair. Those are the times I’m weak and not feeling well.

I love to read and tell stories. My husband reads only the Holy Bible and the news. We’re completely opposing poles, like a cation and an anion (excuse the terminology, I’m a ChE anyway :) ). But he loves to listen to the stories I tell about the books I read. When I can’t sleep at night (and that’s often because of my discomforts), he either massages my legs or listens to my stories. There are nights I burst out laughing because of something I remembered while he stifles his huge yawns. Later on, he’ll be chuckling with me.

What makes for a beautiful marriage? It’s the Lord Jesus Christ who holds it together and showers it with His daily grace. It’s the love you share, at times sacrificial, at other times covering. However it looks like, it all emanates from His love.

At night when my husband is already snoring at my side, I marvel at the beauty of a man and a woman sleeping side by side in their marriage bed. Don’t you? (That’s for my married readers).

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this little glimpse into your marriage relationship Rina….I definitely see the Lord’s blessing in your lives, & His sweet, sacrificial love. God bless you! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

  2. Joe Pote says:

    “How can one redeem the beauty of a ruined marriage?”

    Only Christ can truly redeem. As we learn to trust Him, He will either bring healing and restoration within the marital relationship, or He will redeem us from the failed marriage while delivering us into new liberty in Him.

    Thank you for sharing this portion of your story!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Indeed, Joe, the Lord redeemed us, restored our marriage, and transformed our lives into a thing of beauty. “It is the Lord’s doing and it is marvellous in our eyes.”

  3. I love these redemption stories, for they are the ones we know and live, aren’t they? Not the perfect stories, but the ones in need of beauty and hope restored. So grateful for this story you’re telling, for surely, we need to hear these from each other. Joining from Unforced Rhythms.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Beautiful words, Amber! Yes, these are the ones we know and live and they are replete with the Savior’s grace. Blessings to you!

  4. Rach D says:

    What a beautiful testimony of the power of Christ!! Pinning this on my marriage board :)
    Rachael @ http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com

  5. Mindy Rogers says:

    “He it is who makes a marriage sacred.” YES! We can strive but He alone makes it sacred.
    What a sincere and transparent post on love and marriage. I’m going to share this on my Twitter feed and I love it will be a blessing to all who read. So happy I stumbled over here this morning from Coffee For Your Heart <3

    • RinaPeru says:

      Jesus is our redemption, sanctification, and righteousness, Mindy. And that includes all our relationships, too. Blessings to you!

  6. I love this! Marriage sure has its ups and downs, and I thank you for sharing your moments.

    • RinaPeru says:

      You’re welcome, Sarah. I think marriage can’t be beautiful without both the positive and negative aspects.

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