fortifies us for any difficulty 

Nothing better than being in the thick of wedding season with her as my date.

(the Tim Keller quote I read when officiating)

To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. 
To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. 
But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. 
It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.

Tim Keller – The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

(Photo by Colette)