When I first married almost twenty years ago, not only did I feel excited
at the idea of having a husband and children, but at the same time, I
felt like I was losing a part of myself; my identity. I am of course
referring to how a woman, upon her wedding day, releases her maiden name,
then takes on the name of her husband. Forever gone is the identity she
always knew, and there is a combination of sadness and joy; excitement
over a new beginning!
After so many years of marriage, my spouse's name is now a part of who I
am. I have come to embrace this name for it represents not who I was, but
who I now am as a mature woman who is both wife and mother.
It is amazing how, in the blink of an eye, a soon-to-be wedded female can
change from one name to another. I cannot help but be reminded of how the
Lord can also transform lives, cleansing the hearts of those who
sincerely call upon Him in repentance. At this moment, our slate is
washed clean of past repented of sins, and a new beginning is ours for
the taking! No longer are we the same, but we are transformed; new
creations in Christ Jesus!
Just as marriage provides us with a fresh start, a new phase in life, so
too, does God offer you an even greater gift; eternal salvation! As does
the husband and wife wear a wedding band upon their fingers, the Lord's
name is engraved upon the hearts of those who believe in Him. No longer
do we look back to the hurtful past which previously was sinful, but we
are called to start anew and look to the hope of a righteous present and
A husband is a wonderful life-partner, indeed, but an intimate
relationship with God is even greater!
[ Melanie Schurr © 1998 (http://www.angelfire.com/mi/melschurr) -- from 'Daily Wisdom' ]
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