“I, ___, take you, ___, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.”

Today, a falling rock flu passed Hy and I in Taroko National Park at Taiwan. It almost hit the passenger in front of us. Death was near. On the way back on the tour bus ride, our guide Johnny told us, there were tourists who got hit by the falling rock at high speed and died.

When switching on TV in Taiwan these days, channel after channel, the media was reporting news of China Sichuan Earthquake. On TV, celebrities are working together to gather funds to help out victims in Sichuan who doesn’t have home, shutter, food and water. At churches and temples around the world, prayers are spoken for the lost, injured, and rescue teams. Many heart broken news were reported, but in between, we heard story of courage, perseverance and love.

This morning, when I read my morning paper, I saw a really touching story. A baby was rescued from the collapsed building. The baby was protected by mom while earthquake happened. Mom was dead, but while she was protecting her baby, she put her baby in from of her breast in feeding position. This allowed the baby to have enough milk to survive.

Another story, for 2 days, a husband was looking for his wife under the collapsed pile of stones and concretes. He called for her name continuously. Finally, he found her, still alive, but her leg got stuck under a pile of stone. He stood by her until rescue worker arrived. However, the rescue worker couldn’t get in, all they can do is try to pull her out. They had to hand her a saw for her to saw her leg herself, so they can pull her out. Finally, she was rescued. Her husband stood by her in the rescue center, trying to distract her from her loss, trying to encourage her to recover.

I believe the story above of the husband and wife doesn’t end there. There will be challenges they need to face. We do not know the ending, but we know that journey ahead will not be easy for all the family who are affected by the earthquake in Sichuan. A marriage vow, is easier said than kept. Life is long, there are so many unexpected turns. In a society of high divorce rate, how many couples, can really honor their vow where they spoke passionately in front of the alter? How many vows, can with stand life’s unexpected turns? Many challenges as many couples exchanged: “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health”.

Recently, there’s a popular book named “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. Pausch is a professor in the Computer Science department in Carnegie Mellon University. I attended CMU’s CS master program. Many asked me whether I’ve met Professor Pausch or listened to his lecture. I haven’t, as my concentration was in networking while Professor Pausch taught HCI (Human Computer Interaction). A quote from him. “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

As Jesus told us in Matthew 10:9:
“At the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

I have faith in marriage. A vow that can stand life’s unexpected challenges, may not lead to a easy journey, but certainly a beautiful one.

I am going to break the blog’s rule of no blog entry goes w/o a photo. This one has to be, in respect of the victims in Sichuan; And for all husband & wife who are brave to honor and cherish their marriage vow, even though the journey ahead of them is not an easy one.