"Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys," writer and poet Alphonse de Lamartine once said. But is it true?
Many couples who have lost a child would not agree. Where does a couple begin? How can two grieving hearts find comfort in each other? Is divorce inevitable after a family crisis? Read on for thoughts on how to help your marriage survive, and even thrive, after the loss of a child.
The sentiment “and they lived happily ever after” never seems to include the how. How did they live happily ever after when happiness can be so fleeting and relative? Christians, however, aren’t called to be happy. We’re called to serve as Christ served. And for those who are married, the call to serve your spouse is even greater.
With a new year stretching out before us, full of potential and anticipation, now is the perfect time to look back on the year that’s passed and cherish the best moments in your marriage.
“What if marriage was about more than just staying together?”
Gary Thomas, speaker and bestselling author of A Lifelong Love, is challenging married couples to change how they think about their marriage. In an interview with Focus on the Family Canada, he explains why this topic is so important to him and how couples can shift their understanding of marriage – seeing it less as a means of satisfying their own desires and more as an act of worship.
When someone talks about “being on mission,” what’s the first thing you think about?
For a lot of people, missions might be limited to the trips people take with their churches to go and build a well or orphanage in a foreign country. And while that’s a great way to serve God’s kingdom, for many it’s not a reality.
And it’s not the only way to be on mission.