The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:4-6
Most of us will face crises and times of real sorrow at some stage in our life. Even something that mainly affects one of us (bereavement, illness, redundancy) has an impact in our relationship as a couple. If it affects us both at the same time it can feel like our world is shaken to the very foundations.
When our son died the spiritual foundations seemed to be shaking as well. After the death of his wife, the writer, C.S Lewis, said that it felt like there was a locked door between him and God.
God hears our distress cry – even if we have no evidence that he has.
If you are in a season of crisis, talk about how well you’re supporting each other? Or perhaps you know a couple who are in crisis – what can you do to support them?
Prayer (as a couple)
Lord Jesus, thank you that even if we feel like we have been cut adrift from you, your love never wavers. Hear us as we cry. Amen.
Prayer (for others)
Lord Jesus, we pray for ___ and ___. We pray that they may know your comfort in this situation. Give us wisdom as we too seek to offer comfort and support. Help us to understand what will help them – and to avoid what will not help. Amen
Building together in the good times in preparation for the bad.