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Happy Valentine’s Day from Designed Marriage!We want to celebrate the gift of marriage as a shadow of the much greater marriage to come. So here is our gift to you: “The Hands of Time” spoken word piece by Quina. Video edited by Jon.Thank you to all of our friends who shared their wedding pics with us for this video. We admire each of your marriages, and we hope that this poem and video will encourage you tremendously.

Written & Performed by Quina Aragon
Inspired by Ephesians 5:22-33 & Revelation 19:7-9

I long for the day when I can say to your face, “I love you,”
And know that in covenant we stand,
Even as we walk, my hand in your hand…
Knowing that time is all but sure,
But seeking to serve the One who holds time in His hands,
And taking the time He gives us to love…
Not just with tongue, but building His kingdom with our hands
like the woman in Proverbs 31

Me to submit to you,
And you to love me as Christ loved the church

I wait patiently in faith in the God who loved me first…
Even before time He chose me to be,
Blameless and holy,
In love He chose me…
And in the fullness of time He did more than just reach out His hand,
But let my sin bang nails through His Son’s hands,
To demonstrate His love, and complete His eternal plan…
Then allow me to breathe 2,000 years later,
Let me reach my hands toward all kinds of sin,
(Since birth my natural inclination was to hate Him)
Then He sent His Spirit right in time
To awaken me from my sleep,
Raise me from the dead,
Allow my eyes to see,
All that Jesus did…was for me.

His Word gave life to me, it’s like He…
Held my heart of stone in His hand and it became flesh,
And began to beat to a chant saying, “Worthy is the Lamb, slain for my sins!”

And I don’t totally understand, and could never fully explain His love even if I had time,
But His plan, and His promise, is that time as we know it will end…

And then the marriage feast of the Lamb and His Bride will commence…
He’ll take His Bride’s hand and she’ll remember His sacrifice,
His blood shed to purchase her,
Oh, the words that He spoke to her that cleansed her within!

The Church is Christ’s Bride,
And she’ll be dressed in righteousness, clean and bright
They’ll say, “Yes! She’s made herself ready!”
But it will be He who presents her to Himself spotless, because He said He…
Loves us to the end
Is more than a best friend
The Lover of our souls wrote us a love letter with His hand
Pursues our hearts and then loves to be pursued,

This is a Divine Romance.

So, baby, I love you so much,
But our love and union,
Is a temporary covenant made to represent a timeless union that no human hand can ruin.
I will fail you much more than once,
And your love towards me won’t be perfect, BUT…
We’ll be united as one to be further purged of impurities,
And prepared for our perfect Bridegroom.

So let’s be like the hands on a clock,
When our flesh becomes one
As if time could stop,
When midnight comes

Because at midnight the clock chimes with a beautiful sound that fills the house…

And the hands of time are united for a moment,
Only able to point upwards,
To the God who sits forever enthroned in the glory of His splendor.

Our marriage is only for a moment,
May our union ‘til death point the world to Jesus Christ,
That He may be glorified

Our lives are not our own, through creation and atonement

We exist to live and to know
His Divine Romance.

Quina Aragon

Quina Aragon

Quina Aragon's articles, poems, and spoken word videos have been featured on The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Journey Women, Fathom Mag, and The Witness: BCC. She resides in Tampa, FL with her husband Jon and beautiful, three-year-old daughter. Quina's first children's book, Love Made, is a poetic retelling of the creation story that highlights God as the Trinity, humans as His image bearers, and children as a delightful gift.

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