Perhaps you have used the expression “tying the knot” to refer to marriage. Evidently that expression comes from an actual Irish custom called “handfasting,” in which a couple would have their hands tied together as part of the wedding ceremony. This custom is reasserting itself occasionally with couples symbolically tying their hands to celebrate their partnership. We all have noticed that sometimes the knot comes untied. It might be good for individuals and churches to help in the task of making sure the knot is tied tightly.
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