Father, one of the greatest mysteries in the human experience is how You blend two individuals and make them become as one when they join as husband and wife. The “me” becomes “us” in our shared interests and goals in life. Things are no longer “mine” but “ours.” Our times of celebration, as well as times of sadness and loss, become shared experiences. We honor marriage, recognizing the sacrifices and blessings that come to those who are joined in holy matrimony. We also recognize that our archenemy, Satan, is intent on destroying the very foundation of marriage that You established from the beginning. We uphold the institution of marriage as defined in Scripture and honor it in the way we speak of it and the way we live it out with our spouse. Amen.