More from Elisabeth Elliott on marriage

I can’t believe I left out this quote last week! It’s one of my favorites from EE.

Elisabeth Elliot’s advice to her about-to-be-married daughter, in her excellent book Let Me Be a Woman:

…Who is it you marry? You marry a sinner. There’s nobody else to marry. [emphasis mine] That ought to be obvious enough, but when you love a man as you love yours, it’s easy to forget. You forget it for a while and then when something happens that ought to remind you, you find yourself wondering what’s the matter, how could this happen, where did things go wrong? They went wrong back in the Garden of Eden. … Acceptance of [your husband] — all of him — includes acceptance of his being a sinner. He is a fallen creature, in need of the same kind of redemption all the rest of us are in need of….

Stained glass window in St. Stephens: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, by Marc Chagall.


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