I'm going to be conducting a wedding for the first time in quite a while tomorrow. 10 years into marriage, 8 years into pastoral ministry, 5 years of battling ill-health I certainly now have a deeper appreciation for the weight of these words:
By this sign you take each other, to have and to hold from this day forward
For better, for worse
For richer, for poorer
In sickness and in health
To love and to cherish
For as long as you both shall live.
Since you have covenanted together in marriage and have declared your love for each other before God and these witnesses, I now proclaim you to be husband and wife
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.