Monday, September 30th


“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’  But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”  Matthew 5:31-32

Dear Jesus, Teach us to love marriage the way you do.  Every generation including my own has found a way to spurn the beautiful institution you have invented.  Help me hold my own marriage sacred as well as the partner you have chosen for me.  Thank you for the many ways my spouse has blessed our children and me.  Help me see their needs and find creative ways to meet them.  And protect our marriage from outside forces that would cheapen or destroy what you have given us.  Most of all, help us model in our marriage the wonderful relationship you have with your church.  Finally, help single Christians do what they can to honor the marriages all around the by the way they encourage their married friends to be a best friend of their mate.  Amen.

Marriage is God’s thing.  He’s absolutely in love with the concept.