No minister can say that our walk is the Spirit of Christ all the time. So I cry at ordinations because the God of grace has come into my life and has called me by my name into ordained ministry along with a plethora of other people. We have said these vows.
Vows matter because they remind us of God’s covenantal love towards us. Vows matter because every time my lips touch the bitterness of wine and the sweetness of bread I am reminded of God’s own body broken and blessed for the sake of God’s love of all creation.