"And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
The cord of three strands - husband, wife, Christ - is one of my favorite images for marriage. It came to mind again tonight as I ran across a quote attributed to Elisabeth Eliot, "marriage is the abandonment of self." In marriage, as in our devotion to Christ, we abandon the self to something larger, more beautiful and so much stronger than our ugly little selves. In the process of giving ourselves to this greater thing, we become stronger, more beautiful, we become all those things we try to hold onto for ourselves but never can.