Marriage Takes Three by Beth Stuckwisch

Our Wedding, outside of our churchOn the day that Robert and I were married, we were given this poem mounted on a wooden plaque as a wedding gift.  It hangs right below my picture of Jesus that Joni drew.  They just seemed to go together to me.  He and I met at our church.  I used to call it “my” church, but now, that just doesn’t seem right.  Therefore, I will now call it our church because it is. Our marriage is built on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.  And thankfully for me, all ground at the cross is accessible!

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Marriage Takes Three
Marriage takes three to be complete;
It’s not enough for two to meet.
They must be united in love
By love’s Creator, God above.
Then their love will be firm and strong;
Able to last when things go wrong,
Because they’ve felt God’s love and know
He’s always there, He’ll never go.
And they have both loved Him in kind
With all the heart and soul and mind
And in that love they’ve found the way
To love each other every day.
A marriage that follows God’s plan
Takes more than a woman and a man.
It needs a oneness that can be
Only from Christ-
Marriage takes three.

By: Beth Stuckwisch

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4 Responses to Marriage Takes Three by Beth Stuckwisch

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  2. Tracera04 says:

    When my husband and I were married we received a picture with this poem on it. During the early years of our marriage I often read these words when I walked down the hallway to deliver laundry or on the way to the restroom. The words warmed my heart and reminded me where the center of our marriage is. Through our various moves over time I somehow lost the picture with poem and have often wished to find it again. Now 22 years later our 2nd born daughter is getting married and I wanted to give her a picture that I designed but with this poem on it. Thank you for sharing it so that I may share this poem with my daughter and new son.

  3. sb says:

    This poem written on a wooden plaque was given to my wife and I at our wedding by one of the older ladies who attended the church where we were married. It hung in a place of relative ignominy over the sink in our apartment for the first 3 years of our marriage. If and when I did ever look at it during those years it was only to reflect on the absurdity of such an idea. And to ruminate over the narrow backwardness which must have occupied the mind of whomever it was who would give such a gift to newlyweds. Never once did I ever stop to think that there might be wisdom and understanding behind the words – it was just foolishness to me at the time. When we were finally moving out of the old apartment into our first house it gave me a sense of twisted pleasure to laugh one last time at those foolish words before throwing the old plaque in the trash.

    As the previous words are read it would be hard to miss the sarcasm and disdain and arrogance which was a part of my daily life then. It didn’t necessarily feel like arrogance or disdain it was just that I did have the answers and knew where I was going and didn’t need any advice on how to get there.

    I didn’t think much about the old plaque in the intervening years. Life was good things were looking up we were young and starting our family and it was good to be away from what I perceived to be the repressive bondage of backward thinking and old fashioned ideas.

    As life continued and years passed, though, in honest moments I had to admit that our relationship was showing the signs of disintegration and there were problems for which I had no answers. Where was life going? – I always thought I had the answer to that question but had to admit to coming to a place where I was lost and in need. I didn’t know the way forward – I didn’t have all the answers.

    Yes, we made it. We are still together – Us and our six children and the One to whom belongs the grace and forgiveness for bringing us all together. Through a process of humiliation, confession, repentance and forgiveness – which by the way was not easy but necessary and good – life is truly in order now.

    The old plaque is true – It takes three. I wish I had it back.

  4. TB says:

    I’m going to officiate a wedding and wanted to send a copy of this poem to the couple for consideration. Thanks for posting. My wife and I have had it framed on our wall for 22 years.

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