Remember the lyrics to Young Love by Judds? (Whoa, major 80's flashback and bonus points because it's country :-)
Young love, strong love, true love, it's a new love...
The song has been humming through my brain ever since Bobby and Mary said I could post a few of my favorite images from their portrait session. Married in August, they are so fun to be around and their delight in each other and the love God has blessed them with is sweet to see.
Our family's world view on dating and marriage and the whole process is rather counter culture to most of what we see around us even within mainstream church. We've been raising our children up with the knowledge that they won't do it the way most of the people in their life go about it. Because it's our way and what they've been taught from the very beginning it's not an issue. But I have to admit that it's really great to be able to point to a couple like Bobby and Mary and say, "There. That's what it can and should look like."
People get married every day...young, old...prepared or unprepared...established and settled or not. For some it is nothing more than fulfilling a contract, one which can be terminated if they are no longer happy or feel like they're in love anymore. But for some it's much much more. They recognize that their marriage is a picture that tells the story of Christ and His bride. I loved this quote by CS Lewis in Mere Christianity,
There ought to be two distinct kinds of marriage: one governed by the State with rules enforced on all citizens, the other governed by the Church with rules enforced by her on her own members. The distinction ought to be quite sharp, so that a man knows which couples are married in a Christian sense and which are not.
Because sometimes that distinction isn't very clear in our society it can be pretty clear when you do come across it. Bobby and Mary have that distinction and it was quite lovely to spend some time with them.