As I peered through my veil, my husband-to-be was beaming from ear to ear. I know it’s a cliché but it really seems like yesterday we stood before God, friends and family on our wedding day. From this point forward, we would be one. Standing at the altar I thought I could never love anyone more than I did at that moment. I was so wrong. No one told me that your love grows deeper, stronger, and richer from that point on. At the same time, no one told me just how hard marriage truly is. The old adage that declares, “This is not a sprint; it’s a marathon,” is more than true.
More and more, our youth know about the harshness of marriage instead of the joys. According to the American Psychological Association between 40% and 50% of youth will witness a divorce in their lifetime. Another 50% of that statistic will witness a second one. 1 Did you know that almost 41 percent of children have parents who have never been married?2
It’s no wonder that our students are struggling to know what a marriage should look like.