I have been married for nearly seventeen years, which is a long, long time. Of course, that by no means makes me any kind of an expert, but I am grateful to love Will and be loved by him still, after falling hard for him more than two decades ago. But I also believe that marriage requires commitment and intention not just when you are starting out, but every single day. I was twenty-three when I took a vow to love Will forever — I had no appreciation for what that meant. I naively thought that being enraptured with him — his personality, his brains, his wit, his smile, his eyes and his tall, strong stature — would be enough. Silly me!
And I don’t know about you, but I am devastated when I hear about marriages busting up. Have you gotten an email with that heart-wrenching news from friends of yours? I’m sure you have. It’s terrible, isn’t it?
I’ve been convicted that I don’t pray enough over my own marriage or the marriages of my friends. Hence, Marriage Mondays! I am committing to pray for marriages each Monday and I’d love it if you’d join me. I spent some time today, just going through my family and friends and praying for their marriages. I’ll be doing this each Monday, and I will also try to share a thought or two from some of the great books I’ve read about marriage. As always, I would welcome your contributions as well!
May we each live Paul’s beautiful wisdom about love:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8.