[DOWNLOAD]Marriage: A Revolution and a Revelation, by Elisabeth Elliot

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Her eyes are fixed on one man, her beloved, to whom she is about to surrender herself–till death them do part. Does she
have the smallest inkling of what will be required of her as a wife? Does the thought of sacrifice cross her mind?

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There may be floods of tears in the first row on the left side of the church as the bride’s mother watches her husband lead their daughter down the aisle–the sweet child to which she gave birth, now transformed into a vision of glory–and, alas, about to be given away! But is the bride dissolved in tears? Hardly. Her eyes are fixed on one man, her beloved, to whom she is about to surrender herself–till death them do part. Does she have the smallest inkling of what will be required of her as a wife? Does the thought of sacrifice cross her mind?
And he? What occupies his mind as he watches this slow procession? It is unlikely that he is pondering God’s reasons for ordaining marriage: “For the procreation of children, for a remedy against sin, and for the mutual society, help, and comfort that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity–into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined,’’ according to the Book of Common Prayer.