The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lasting love

It's less about feelings, more about actions

In his classic book — out this year in a 25th anniversary edition — M. Scott Peck writes: "Of all the misconceptions about love, the most powerful and pervasive is the belief that 'falling in love' is love. ... The experience of falling in love is invariably temporary. No matter whom we fall in love with, we sooner or later fall out of love if the relationship continues long enough."

After many years, I've stopped asking couples who appear in my church office why they want to get married. They all look at me as if I have the I.Q. of a summer squash. In all the times I've asked it, there's only been one answer: "Why, we're in love, Pastor."

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