Could someone please explain what a "threefold cord" marriage is? I have read that expression several times and have no idea what it means.
Please have patience with me. I have been DF'd for several years, and some of you use language that I don't remember hearing at the KH.
Until I found this site, I didn't even know that they no longer taught the doctrine about "this generation".
I believe it was to do with having 'god' in the marriage making the Three Cords (for a successful JW marriage):
Of course if you start talking about "three" and marriage, some people could get the wrong idea entirely !
Yep, it's Hubby + Wife + God + Successful Marriage!!
I would hope that compatabilty would have something to do with it too.
Don't stop at three...
I wrote this for SheilaM a few years ago. Your thread reminded me of it.
The Cord of my life
Twisted strands of colored yarn
In tiny hands draped over crossed legs
Bare feet, painted toes.
Through eyes now “old” I watch
Head craned to my left
How does she do that?
Loop, pull, turn, twist, inspect
Hook in hand, smile on lips
Small lips, her lips, my lips
She turns and catches me watching
Her smile broadens
She feels like I am proud of her
I’ve always been proud of her
She amazes me
I was but a single strand
All those years ago
She took my hand and added my strand to her two
She began to weave a cord
Three became four
The plumbing worked
The cord was strong but the world hard
Years passed. Lost time
Wear, fraying, one strand severed
Two strands severed
Only two left
Then three again
Then five, well four and a half
Now five and a half
I’ve watched as she weaved two balls of yarn into instant warmth
I know for a fact she can handle five and a half
It will be six soon, the half nearly whole
The cord of my life is in her hands
I know she will do only right with it
After all she started this
What have I to worry for?
I wonder, will she catch me watching 50 years from now?
The bible teaches that the husband is head of the wife, and the head of the husband is Christ. The head of Christ is God. I see 4 there. Unless......oh never mind. I have this plaque in my house that says this:
Marriage Takes Three
I once thought marriage took just two to make it go
but now I am convinced that it takes the Lord also.
And not one marriage fails where Christ is asked to enter
As lovers come together, with Jesus at the center.
But marriage seldom thrives and homes are incomplete
Til He is welcomed there to help avoid defeat.
In homes where God is first, it's obvious to see
That these unions really work, for marriage still takes three.
That was the claim, God, Husband and then the lowly, submissive, wife. In reality it is the WatchTower, the Elders and then the Husband. Then they pat the little lady on the head and wink!Maverick
Three Cord Rope
Me, the future openminded Mrs Gita, and some attractive live-in maid from a poor country with dubious legal immigration status and low self esteem.
Gita of the Never-Done-That-And-Probably-Won't-Get-The-Opportunity Class.