Last weekend I had the privilege of officiating the wedding of a friend. Few things give greater joy than watching a young couple unite their lives in marriage. As I watched them, I couldn't help but wonder what life will throw at them -- perhaps a promotion at work, or a serious illness, unexpected visits from family and friends, children, tragedies, triumphs, joys and sorrows. The beauty of marriage is that they now face the world and any challenges that may come their way together. They stood before the congregation as a united front as they began life together as one flesh.