Acknowledging Our Connections - Thursday's Dose - 24th January 2013

Thursday's Dose - 24th January 2013

Acknowledging Our Connections

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.- Genesis 2:23-24.

On a visit to my hometown, I stopped to visit the octogenarian parents of a childhood friend. They still lived in the same house as when I was a child. When the wife came to the door she immediately called her husband and welcomed me into their living room.

"So, tell me," she said with a smile, "where are you living now?" I answered,and we delved into remembering days gone by. At a lull in the conversation, shesweetly asked, "So where are you living now?" I looked at her husband, who smiled at me, and I answered her as before. Again, we resumed our conversation.Once more, at a lull in the conversation, she asked, "So, where is it that you live these days?" As I replied the third time, I looked at her husband who was admiring her with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his lips.

I don't know what he saw when he looked at her, but he clearly did not see an old woman with dementia. I think he saw the woman he fell in love with decades earlier. Over the years, this couple had experienced one another's joys and setbacks. They had never sought perfection; they sought to create a loving partnership of mutual trust and respect.

He was as intellectually sharp as always, so he knew his wife's mind was replaying some old tape, and he loved her just as he had loved always loved her.

This kind of love is what God intends for Man and Woman. We "are the same flesh" so we can share and understand one another's experiences, thereby creating a history that becomes the mortar of the relationship that holds it together. No relationship is easy, and God specifies that we cling to each other and don't go running to someone outside the marriage when things get tough. This way couples focus on each other, increase one another's joys, and help each other through the rough spots.

That a husband and wife "become one flesh" does not entail living parallel lives under the same roof. Being of one flesh means two people participate in and appreciate each other's daily experiences.

Prayer: Our Loving God the Father in Heaven, You give us marriage to provide love and respect between two people. This love reminds us of your love for us, because you created it for us. Thank you, Lord, for this blessing of love. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Thursday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team