Tying the Knot
They literally tied the knot.
Halfway through this popular month for brides and grooms to become one, I think of the last wedding ceremony I participated in. To symbolize the unity of their relationship, Josh and Catherine could’ve lit a unity candle or poured colored sand together. Instead, they tied a sailor’s knot.
When Love Is Strongest
- A sailor’s knot is the strongest kind there is.
- Its bond will not break, but becomes stronger under pressure.
- The two cords represent that a husband and wife are two individuals.
- But when two cords are joined in a knot, the union symbolizes that love is strongest when tied together.
Josh and Catherine tied the knot and pulled on their end to show it was secure. I placed my hand over it and asked God to bless their union.
And Jesus Makes Three
Marriages that last a lifetime need three cords. When Jesus is the unseen — but real — third cord, the marital bond has the best chance to survive. That’s why I love Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV):
- marriage is for better, for richer, and in health.
- basking in the sunlight on a mountaintop.
- marriage is for worse, for poorer, and in sickness.
- trudging through the darkness of a deep valley.