We commenced our new course “Your Marriage Matters” on Wednesday evening. Written to help couples invest in their marriage at a time when the institution is under attack to change its very nature from “man and wife for life” to any combination for whatever time, we commenced the pilot with four eager couples.
One of the questions we considered was, “How have you experienced God’s covenant grace holding you together?” As Ruth and I reflected, we both thought about the ugly side of ourselves, the parts that most others don’t see, but that we see of each other, because marriage unveils social personas to reveal the real. We were so thankful for God’s grace extended to one another through mutual acceptance and forgiveness.
When we wrote the course, we figured that question would bring to mind times of crisis, of which there have been a few for us, but it actually caused us to reflect on God’s day-to-day faithfulness and the rich love he gives us, even to accept and embrace the unseemly in each other! God’s grace is there in the times of crisis when we wonder if there is any hope, as well as in the mundane, when we just get used to things. And of course, it’s there in the times of wonder, fun and excitement.
There’s a proverb: -
In times of joy, celebrate and give thanks, in times of trouble, pray, remembering that God has made the one day as well as the other!
May you find God’s grace in the nitty gritty!