This past summer, I had the honour of presiding at my son’s wedding. I have had many weddings in my five years as a pastor and at most, the couples simply repeat the vows that I spoke. But my son and daughter-in-law wrote their own vows and recited their vows to each other before God and all who had assembled. It was a very moving experience.
A vow is a covenant that two people make to show the love they have for each other and how they will be there for each other no matter what. In our reading for today, God made a covenant with Abram through which God promises to make Abram the ancestor of a multitude of nations. God keeps this covenant still today.
When couples make their vows to each other before God, they promise to respect each other and be there for each other in good times and in bad. Sometimes, however, people forget about their covenant, especially in the busyness of life. We should take the time to slow down, search our hearts and remember those sacred vows. It is something that God did and wishes that we do also.
Almighty God, just as you honour the covenant you made with Abram, help us to also remember and honour the covenant we make with our spouse, friends and family. Amen. — RW