I attended a wedding ceremony where I heard the presiding pastor use these words in the vows that the bride and groom were to repeat: “I vow, before God and these witnesses…”. This led to a list of things both people promised to each other.

As I heard this it crossed my mind for the first time that I am one of those witnesses and my participation in this ceremony is a promise to be a reminder to the bride and groom of these vows. I wonder how many of us realize this? Even more important, do any of us act it out?

I wonder if this couple has trouble down the road, and God-forbid I heard a divorce was being planned, if I would call to challenge this decision, remind the couple that I was a witness to their vows. Does anyone do this anymore? I would sure hope so but I don’t know. Maybe it has become a mere formality.