When I first read this term (penned by the Apostle Paul) I thought it might be tongue-in-cheek. As you read further, it is supposed to be a picture of Christ and His Church.
As Mark and I were reflecting on our holiday, we started to talk about what it is that is GOOD about being married. (The topic came up when my youngest sister recalled the day when she asked the married women in our family, "Why get married, anyway? The responses are a whole different post, though!) Back to the subject at hand. Mark and I both came up with similar responses that involved security, family and "being a part of something important." When you strip the romantic image of married life down, it makes so much more sense that marriage is a metaphor for Christ and the church. He is our security. We are each other's family. Although this family has its rough spots, we stay put because being a part of something important in the kingdom is always better than standing alone.
Some reflections this morning.
Blessings on your day,