Renewal of Vows
The essence of this commitment is the taking of another person in his or her entirety, as a lover, companion and friend. It is a decision which was not entered into lightly, but rather undertaken with great consideration and respect for both the other person and oneself.
Love is one of the highest experiences that we as human beings can have and it can add depth to our lives. The day to day companionship, the pleasure of doing things together or in exchanging individual experiences, is a continuous and central part of what two people who love each other can share.
What marriage is about is what life is about-growth. The relationship between two people must keep growing and changing, forming a constant adventure and development which will not be without conflict.
If differences are faced openly, the possibility of learning how to convert problems into opportunities will not be lost and the marriage will prosper.
A marriage that lasts is one which is continually developing and in which each person is individually growing while growing in understanding with others.
Deep knowledge of another is not something than can be achieved in a short time and real understanding of the other can develop fully only after years of intimacy. This wonderful knowledge of another person grows out of caring enough to want to truly understand what the other is feeling.
Thus, it is possible to share not only joys and successes but also the burden of sorrows and failures. To he known in this way is a priceless thing.
Such understanding and acceptance makes it easier to live with our problems, failings and worries. To give ourselves in love is not to give ourselves away. A good and balanced relationship is one in which neither person is over powered or absorbed by the other.
It is out of tension between separateness and union, that love, who’s incredible strength is equal only to its incredible fragility, is born and reborn.
When a couple first decides to marry, it is an act of faith; faith that the new spouse will be as wonderful as his/her behavior has led the other to believe.
But, we all know that sometimes married life can reveal hidden aspects to your spouses personality. It then becomes a test of love and endurance to maintain a marriage.
Renewal of vows happens when a couple come through this challenge of marriage wiser, more mature, and with their love intact. This act is a re affirmation of love within the marriage to plan your future moving forward.