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Monday, May 8, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Dying to Live!)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

If   someone saved our life, we would have immeasurable gratitude. Try as we might, we would never know exactly how to repay anyone for such a gift, for the value of one’s life is without price. Paradoxically, how little gratitude we show to Him who saved our soul from death and gave it eternal life.  Shouldn’t we be continually seeking ways to thank Him?  As the Good Shepherd, He showed us what love truly is.

The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3:16

How difficult it is to imitate Christ’s sacrificial love in even the smallest ways.  In your marriage, contemplate the ways in which you die-to-self for the benefit of your spouse.  Or maybe it’s best to consider the ways that you should? Perhaps it is in the exact moment that one truly dies–to-self that Christ brings new life into their marriage.  For only He can resurrect what others deemed as already dead.

You brought my life up from the pit, O LORD, my God. Jonah 2:7

Just as Christ laid down His life for His sheep, consider how the Virgin Mary prefigured his sacrifice by laying her life down for the Lamb.  In turn, Joseph sacrificed his self-will for love of his spouse and child.  What a beautiful witness to marital and familial love! 

Lord, help us to aspire to such heights!  Give each of us proportionately the grace we need to grow in the virtue of love. May this love be spent on others, especially our spouse. As always, we trust in your redeeming grace!  Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Death is only a passageway to new life.  Sacrifice to benefit your spouse and you may just be surprised at the result.  Pass it on!