Yes people, it’s that time of year again—one cannot go anywhere without being accosted with pink and red hearts, commercials for jewelry, even heart-shaped doughnuts…so much hype over something we should be doing anyway.
I’m pretty sure God was trying to reveal some things about the “L” word to me yesterday…
We’re getting to the end of our study in Hebrews: chapters 11-12, we were talking about faith, how Abraham, even though he had absolutely no clue where he was going, upon God’s command, packed up his whole family, lived and tents and only stopped when God told him to. Someone joked that poor Sarah didn’t know what she was getting into, thinking she had married into this wealthy family firmly established in Ur. One of the questions in our books was this: “Who in your life is an example of great faith?” One woman, (who I so admire) piped up and said, “My husband.” She went on to explain that throughout her life her faith has been a roller coaster, full of lots of questions, wanting more and more explanations for things and there stands her husband, full of faith, steady, reassuring, a source of strength for her. It was like that one comment was this domino effect, and not 5 minutes later, moving through the study, another lady shared that her husband’s faith was what got her through the most physically painful trial in her life, she was literally on the threshold of death in a medically induced coma and her husband (then fiancé) was by her bed praying the Lord’s prayer over and over because he didn’t know what else to do. God revealed to him in the most intense moment that she would survive. Wow.
And top of that, my friend, William, sent me this video that he put together, asking that I share it with you guys. Make sure you have some Kleenex handy.
Care to share anything special about your loved one(s)?
Ephesians 5:25-33 (NIV)
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.