Listen to episode 266 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Courtship & Married Life | How to Choose a Life Partner. Edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy.
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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T. L. Haines and L. W. Yaggy, published in 1882.
All the blessedness, all the utility, efficacy, and happiness of the married state, depend upon its truthfulness, or the wisdom of the union. Marriage is not necessarily a blessing. It may be a bitter curse. It may sting like an adder and bite like a serpent. Its bower is as often made of thorns as of roses. It blasts as many sunny expectations as it realizes.
Every improper marriage is a living misery, and undying death. Its bonds are gated bars of frozen iron. It is a spirit prison, cold as the dungeon of ruin. An ill-mated human pair is the most woeful picture of human wretchedness in the book of life; and yet, such pictures are plenty. Every page we turn gives us a view of some such living bondage.
But a proper marriage (a true interior, soul-linked union) is a living picture of blessedness, unrivaled in beauty. A true marriage is the soul's Eden. It is the portal of heaven. It is the visiting-place of angels. It is the charm of a spirit in captivation with all imaginable beauty and loveliness. It is a constant peace-offering that procures a continual Sabbath-day sweetness, rich as the quietude of reposing angels.