Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the great Christians of the 20th century, didn’t get to officiate the wedding of his niece Renate because he had been imprisoned by the Nazis for his steadfast faith in Christ. Renate had asked her uncle to officiate her wedding, and everyone was hopeful that he would be released in time for the wedding. Sadly, Dietrich was only able to write a letter that was read during Renate’s wedding ceremony.
As Dietrich faced the end of his life he wrote this to the young couple: “As God today adds His ‘Yes’ to your ‘Yes,’ as He confirms your will with His will, and as He allows you, and approves of, your triumph and rejoicing and pride, He makes you at the same time instruments of His will and purpose both for yourselves and for others. In His unfathomable condescension God does add His ‘Yes’ to yours; but by doing so, He creates out of your love something quite new – the holy estate of matrimony.”
Ever since I read those words I’ve loved them. When we say “Yes” to each other when we take our vows in marriage, God adds His “Yes” in order that together we better serve as “instruments of His will and purpose.” The covenant of marriage is so daily, but I love the picture of God the Father looking over every couple, cheering them on saying “Yes! Yes! Yes! I love what’s happening in your relationship.”