Good Morning Prayer Angels,
Peace be to you this Monday morning!
Here in the northwest, it is so nice to finally wake up to sun!! I am tempted to go outside and pray for marriages, until I notice the high winds! Wherever you are, find your prayer place!
What is special about a sacramental marriage is that it is more than a contract, it is a covenant. It is a promise to God. By putting God at the center of one's marriage, the union becomes more stable. Picture a 3-legged table vs. a 2-legged table. He becomes the foundation, the rock upon which we can lean, or in some cases, use as our sole support during difficult times. Knowing that God is faithful to his promises, we are able to forge ahead. The harder part is being faithful to ours, especially when we grow weary, become disenchanted, or feel betrayed. Or perhaps we were faithful to our promises, but our spouse was not. Suddenly we are called on to forgive, what often times can feel unforgivable. In all these circumstances, we need community, and most of all, prayer.
To the married, however, I give this instruction (not I, but the Lord): a wife should not separate from her husband --and if she does separate she must either remain single or become reconciled to her husband--and a husband should not divorce his wife. To the rest I say (not the Lord): if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she is willing to go on living with him, he should not divorce her; and if any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he is willing to go on living with her, she should not divorce her husband. For the unbelieving husband is made holy through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy through the brother. Otherwise your children would be unclean, whereas in fact they are holy. If the unbeliever separates, however, let him separate. The brother or sister is not bound in such cases; God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband; or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? 1 Corinthians 7:10-16
Let us continue to pray as an extended community for all marriages, especially the healing of broken marriages. For we are called as part of the body of Christ to build up his church, and we can begin by supporting one another in prayer.
Peace, Joy, and Love,