Keep Love in Your Heart: Marriage, Family, and Love

What is the definition of marriage? According to Dictionary.com, marriage is “any of the diverse forms of interpersonal union established in various parts of the world to form a familial bond that is recognized legally, religiously, or socially, granting the participating partners mutual conjugal rights and responsibilities."

What is the definition of family? Your Dictionary states, “family is defined as a specific group of people that may be made up of partners, children, parents, aunt, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.”

What is the definition of love? Urban Dictionary defines loves as, “an incredibly powerful word. When you’re in love, you always want to be together, and when you’re not, you’re thinking about being together because you need that person and without them your life is incomplete. This love is unconditional affection with no limits or conditions: completely loving someone.”

A marriage is the legal union of two people in love who through their bond create a family. Many of us desire the promise of a warm safe haven that marriage and family and love can provide. We want to be drunk on love, my friends, drunk on love. When you strip away the politics and the church and the judgement, all you are left with is what is in your heart. What could be more simply graceful than that?

Our marriage is my greatest joy. It was a leap of faith that has brought us aching joy and tender moments. It is uncomplicated solace. It is our once upon a time and our happy ending. It is a true bliss I wish for all.

Love does win in the end. It conquers demons and destroys evil. It is what keeps us standing upright even in the toughest of storms. As Oscar Wilde wrote, “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."


“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life - to strength each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?” ~ George Eliot