An Uncommon Union

(Note: Thursday blogs will once again be devoted to marriage and family)

On March 22, 1758, as Jonathan Edwards, one of Americas greatest preacher and theologian, lay dying, he gave a final message to his wife Sarah.

"To my dear wife, tell her that the uncommon union that has so long subsisted between us has been of such a nature as I trust is spiritual and will therefore continue forever."

Jonathan called their marriage, an "uncommon union."

It has been observed that Sarah was seven years younger than Jonathan and totally unlike him. He was moody; she was vibrant. He was shy; she was outgoing. He was socially inept; she was a natural conversationalist. He was gawky; she was graceful.

Still, this "uncommon union" produced harmony, love, and esteem. A study of 1,400 descendants of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards indicated that it also produced 13 college presidents, 65 professors, 100 lawyers, 30 judges, 66 physicians, and 8 holders of office, including 3 senators, 3 governors, and a vice president of the United States.*

What’s an “uncommon union”?  An uncommon union, as experienced by Jonathan and Sarah Edwards, is really the way marriage was meant to be.  Unfortunately, it is uncommon in the world in which we live.

The Bible addresses the subject of marriage both directly and indirectly.  An example of a direct passage would be Ephesians 5:33, which states, Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband.”

An example of an indirect passage would be James 1:19, which says, “This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger…”

In either case, the Word of God can be applied to life and marriage.  Whenever a couple does apply the Word to their lives and marriage, it can result in an uncommon union.

Would you like to take a common union and make it uncommon?  Live life according to the Word of God and make it happen. 

Something to think about…

* Citation: William J. Petersen, 25 Surprising Marriages (Baker, 1997).