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Marriage

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"We are Christís representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into Godís work of making things right between them."
(2 Corinthians 5:20)

Discussion

Is the institution of marriage cracking down?

Yes, the marriage between woman and man and that too in the Temple of God, is becoming antique. A 7 year old child is telling her mom and dad, "You know there are boys and girls who don't get married. But they live together as mom and dad till their death." Today, people are living their lives the way they want to. Even those in wedlock are just waiting in the wings to fly off after breaking the cage of marriage instead of understanding and making the marriage work. Marriage is sacred and it is the responsibility of the man and woman to keep the family together. Procreation is the gift and reward of God to human beings within a marriage, and of course happiness is embedded in it. We are answerable and accountable to the Lord for all our deeds in a married life. If there is a will, there is way to make the marriage happy and workable. Simply try to understand your spouse and communicate with love and patience.

10 years of marriage had made the couple frustrated and they were always arguing about their finances. He couldnít understand why she wanted to save every penny they earned, and she couldnít understand why he was a spendthrift. Any rationale on either side had been lost in their joint frustration. The solution was simple Ė understanding and listening to each other. He learned that she was saving to avoid her parentsí financial disasters and she was frightened of being broke. She learned that he felt embarrassed that he was not able to ďtake care of herĒ they way his father took care of his mother. He wanted her to be proud of him. As each learned to understand the other, the frustration with each other was replaced by compassion. Today, they have a nice balance between spending and saving.

It's not too late - Marriage is still workable, happy and self-satisfying. Donít allow any intruders to destroy the beauty, love, joy and peace of a sacred married life. Be vigilant!

Prayer

Jesus, keep your sacred institution of marriage intact. Give your peace and guidance to those who are struggling in their married life. Let children bring happiness to the family. Let each and every couple understand and listen to each other and iron out all their differences. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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