For richer, for poorer.
For better, for worse.
In sickness and in health.
I think these phrases ought to be properly explained to prospective married couples, with examples cited, and talked through, pre church.
‘ If she gets MS, and gradually loses everything, if he loses his mind, if he loses his legs, gets half his face blown off, if she became a paraplegic… then what then? Would you still stick by them?
Far from everyone can cope with these things – the care required, the resources required, the change in their social lives, the unconditional love thats necessary, the adjustments to be made to their homes – all stressful stuff, but all hinted at in the marriage vows.
Rarely do people get married knowing that their health might suddenly deteriorate, prematurely, and I wonder how often people even consider the inevitable slide into lesser health that accompanies age/senility.
How a partner copes with their partner’s ‘ health downfall ‘ is a true test of whether that partner meant what she/he said/repeated that day at the alter.
I now look at couples and analyse them to a degree, or at least think about what might result from that eventuality. My conclusions ( which are all guesswork of course ) are that quite a few people probably didn’t think too hard about what they said at the alter, the wedding being a lot more about the dress and the party than the real reason for betrothal.