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Monday, January 14, 2013

Pray for Marriages (Marriage as a Gift)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Have you ever contemplated Jesus’s gift of self; His totally abandonment to the Father for our salvation?  It’s beyond comprehension.  He greeted every trial with faith, every insult and injury with love, and throughout His life, showed nothing but humility. 

Since Christ is the bridegroom, and we the Church are His bride, what if we imitated Jesus in our marriage?  Would it call for an increase in faith, love, & humility?  Selflessness?   Giving of time and effort?   Could you think of just one way each month that you and your spouse could become a “gift” to each other?  Could you make a personal commitment to just one thing each month?  Would it be service?  Quality time? Saying, “I love you,” each day?   A daily kiss “hello” and “good-bye”?  A written love note?  The best gifts result from considering what the other person might like.  What small, intentional gift might enhance your marriage?

So be imitators of God,* as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.  Ephesians 5:1-2

Lord, bless each marriage.  Teach us to love as you loved.  Through selflessness, help us be the gift you meant for us to be to each other.  In faith, may we follow your lead. 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Begin as Christ began; with prayer.  Pass it on.