My parents relished their winters in Florida. They especially loved to check out the nesting swans at the local lake. The pen (female) would sit regally upon her nest while her hubby (the cob) kept an eye out for trouble. The pen did most of the incubation of the eggs, but the cob subbed while she found food and stretched her legs/wings for a bit.
Swans generally mate for life. In mating season you can spot them with necks entwined or bills and breasts touching to form a perfect heart. They do not attack willy-nilly but remember anyone who is kind to them or bothered them and may act accordingly.
What an example of a great marriage. Hubby cares for wife. Both care for the children. The world sees their love. They form a unit that protects one another. Divorce is a rare occurrence.
Ephesians 5:25-33-Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Prayer: Lord, remind us of our responsibility in our marriages. Then help us to live it. For Christ’s sake. Amen.