PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Today is my wedding anniversary and it’s the first time in our eight years of married life that we’re spending it apart. Wayne is in his hometown of Cincinnati this week, spending time with his father who has terminal cancer (please pray for him and the family).
As I reflect on our years together, including the 15 months before we got married, I realize how fortunate we are. When we met, Wayne went to church more than I did (which was not at all). God was not a priority in the early days of our relationship. I wish I could say that God was a central part of our decision to get married, but unfortunately, that’s not true.
We’ve never had a bad marriage, but thankfully, God has worked in both of our lives. Now, we do have God in our marriage, the way it’s supposed to be. We’re not perfect at it all the time, but we both work to live according to Ecclesiastes 4:12b, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken” (CSB).
This verse, hugely popular at weddings, is sound, Biblical wisdom. However, I think it’s so much more than marriages. I think it applies to other relationships too. I know from experience that many of my friendships have grown stronger because God is a part of them and my friends and I commit to praying for one another.
How comforting it is to know that we have people who are united with us in Christ. What a gift to have treasured relationships where we can go to one another and look for godly wisdom and counsel, and have others investing prayer time on our behalf. Godly friendships and relationships are priceless.
Today, as you pray, thank God for being the uniting cord in our relationships. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and your spouse, family, and friends to always seek to put God at the center of your relationship.