I was nursing a cup of coffee when my cell phone rang early on this Labor Day morning.
It was an old friend that I had not talked to in some time. We caught up for a minute before he got to the true meaning of his phone call.
His marriage was in trouble.
I was stunned.
I probed a bit. It seems that life had just placed one barrier after another between them. His focus had been on his career. Her focus had been on the kids. She had suggested counseling some time back, but they found excuses to not get help. It wasn’t one thing…it was a culmination of years of negligence to their relationship.
Now they were strangers living in the same house and they didn’t like each other anymore. Resentment was living in both of their hearts- and both of them had become selfishly stubborn.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
He thanked me for listening- and asked that I pray for him today. I told him that I would pray for healing and reconciliation- and that they would be able to climb over any pride or misgivings they had about counseling. I asked that he pray about it too.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Marriage is work for all of us. Our relationships need daily, continual attention.
We need to pray for and with our spouse on a daily basis.
Please pray for my friend on this Labor Day. And let me know how to pray for you.
God bless marriages everywhere.
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