Communique Issued At The End of The Bishops And Wives Retreat At Bariga LagosJanuary 18, 2023
- Ngozi Maduoma
- November 25, 2019
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(BY NGOZI ADIGHIBE)
The Rt. Rev. Michael Oluwarohunbi, Bishop of Yewa Anglican Diocese has admonished couples to note that it is not the pomp and pageantry of their wedding ceremony or the number of Bishops in attendance that makes a marriage work. He gave this admonition at the Holy Solemnization of the marriage between Revd. Barr. Chinomso Anozie and Barr. Chidinma Ezenwajiaku which was held at the Chapel of the Resurrection, Wuye District, Abuja.
The Bishop quoted copiously from the Bible, pointing out that for a marriage to work, Jesus must be invited and actively present in that marriage. He said husbands and wives must obey the Lord in everything, including in the instruction that husbands are to love their wives and wives are to submit to their husbands. Elaborating on the issue of wives submitting to their husbands, the cleric opined that an average woman tends to struggle with submission. Hence, he urged Chidinma to struggle with it, but make sure that she complies with it. He called on the couple to be patient in their struggle to achieve their goals, noting that to everything there is a time attached to it.
Bishop Oluwarohunbi said storms of life may come, but any marriage that has Jesus at the center of everything can never capsize. He narrated the story of the wedding at Cana, where they ran out of wine for the guests; opining that many times what man needs is in short supply. He said marriage wine can be money, beauty and other things that can easily run out. But, he added that with Jesus in any marriage, instead of the wine running out, it will continue to be sweeter.
The Bishop of Yewa concluded with a charge to the couple to always pray together and win their battles on their knees. He said anyone who removes Jesus from the events in one’s life, does so at one’s own peril.
According to him, “Jesus is the answer and when one invites Him in, He will solve any problem beyond one’s imagination.”
Present at the service was the Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh and his wife, Mrs. Nkasiobi Okoh, the Bishop of Oke-Osun Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Foluso Taiwo and his wife, Mrs. Henrietta Taiwo and a host of other clergymen and their wives from the Diocese of Abuja who turned up to support one of their own.