Rebecca Hagelin

Source: Randy and Kristin beam with love and joy seconds after they were pronounced husband and wife. Photo by Barbara Auchter.

"This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh..."

The world's greatest poets, screen writers and story tellers could never pen more intimate words than those spoken by Adam when God created Eve to be his bride.

I discovered anew this weekend at my daughter's wedding that the world is hungry for such intimacy, and that joy overflows from our very souls when we catch a glimpse of adoring love between others.

Kristin became Mrs. Randy Carey in front of nearly 400 witnesses who felt the tremendous power of the Holy Spirit and the unconditional love He gives as they were united. All of our lives were impacted greatly by the story of these two young people who walked in fidelity throughout their courtship; who sought God together on their knees as they prepared for their wedding. Their primary desire was to be wed in a ceremony that would reflect God's immense love for all of us, and that would tell the beautiful story of His pursuit of each of us; of His longing for you and me to be as captured by His presence as Adam was by Eve in the Garden so long ago.

We are created in the image of God - the Holy trinity - craving intimacy with others and with our Creator. Our loving God designed marriage to fill that need in a sacred union that actually causes a man and a woman to become one, with each maintaining their own identities - but totally and completely unified and dependent on each other. God's pursuit of a relationship with us is so intense that it took him to a cross where he willingly and sacrificially laid down his life in order to make us as pure and shining as a bride on her wedding day. Kristin literally beamed as she was pronounced Randy's wife; Randy was overcome with love's embrace as he became Kristin's husband. Their expressions were that of total adoration for each other. They knew they were being made complete.

God adores you in that same manner. And He longs for you to adore him too.

Don't let our crass popular culture rob you of the fulfilling intimacy with God that is yours for the asking.

How To Save Your Family: Open your heart and accept God's adoration of you

Genesis chapter 2 also records Adam as saying, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed."

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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