While reflecting on how to move closer to unity with God, it suddenly hit me that marriage is probably our best earthly training ground for achieving that. Whereas true unity in a marriage is impeded by various obstacles such a as selfishness, pride, stubbornness, and various vices, aren’t these the same characteristics that hamper our unity with the Lord? If we can’t display positive virtues in our marital relationship, will we be any more successful in our relationship with the Lord?
Seems like Advent is the perfect time to work on purging the old habits and behaviors that hamper unity, and work on replacing then with ones that can be given as true gifts: love, patience, kindness, helpfulness, understanding, and so on. A renewed countenance can make you a living expression of the Gospel. What a beautiful gift that would be to your marriage, not to mention the newborn King. Perhaps this is what gift-giving at Christmas is all about.
God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:8, 11
Pray for all marriages, that each spouse can toss what obstructs and replace it with the fruits of His grace.
Peace, Joy, and Love,
Encourage a couple to make room for better gifts. Pass it on.