Love, honor—and benefit mutually

One week after his wedding day, Abraham Lincoln wrote to a friend: "Nothing new here, except my marrying, which, to me, is a matter of profound wonder." Carl Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, Vol. I (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1926), p. 139 .

Reading his words touches the heart. We sense his awe at vowing to uphold, sustain, and love another as himself.

Today, the human rite of marriage appears to be in deep trouble. But there is hope! The teachings of Christian Science show how the marital compact can become a "profound wonder" to participants and to society.

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Longevity's spiritual purpose
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