Living and Giving Together

“For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

Haven’t I said that a man should leave his home
of mother and father and the woman do the same,
to start their new lives, with no need to roam
from the one with whom they then will share a name?

This is what I’ve established, this is what’s best–
loyalty in love, going through life together,
both in busy activity and peaceful times of rest,
be it sunny days or stormy times that they weather.

I desire a holy bond, committed to Me,
with cords of strong love that cannot be broken.
As the author of love, I know love isn’t “free,”
but is meant to be shared with vows being spoken.

Like anything else, love often takes work–
serving one another will help things go right.
Commitment to each other isn’t something to shirk;
I don’t want one hurt by the other taking flight.

The way to experience the fulness of love
is, as the saying goes, “through thick and through thin.”
Add reading My Word and lifting prayers up above,
and rich blessing will come when I’ve entered in.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails….” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Ephesians 5:33

(See “About the Porch”)

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