"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife." - Ephesians 5:31


When a Dad escorts his daughter down the aisle and places her hand into the hand of her new husband, oftentimes, he will shed a tear or two. This is symbolic of God’s declaration that a man shall leave his mother and be joined to his wife. From the very beginning, God laid down this most basic principle of human relationships. No matter how much you love your parents, a sibling, or a good friend, no matter who it may be, no one on this earth is to be closer than your mate.

Parents, you need to know that this moment in the ceremony is not just for the newlyweds. It is also for you. Understand that the relationship with your child has changed. God has now joined your children together and their prime earthly relationship is no longer with you. It is with each other. But relax. They’ll be fine. After all, God brought them into this marriage…a beautiful relationship He created, and one designed for the two of them to provide support in a way that no parent could ever match. Oh, and you’ll be fine, too! With God’s help, you’ll be able to let go and allow Him to build a new family in His image.