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So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good.  At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.  Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.  Galatians 6:9,10 MSG


We probably all settle into tasks that each of us undertake in our marriage – and it obviously works well if that means we’re playing to our strengths.  It would be a bad idea for me to be responsible for the cooking – but I’m quite good at looking after the family finances.  However, my lack of culinary expertise doesn’t mean all tasks in the kitchen are beyond me.

One evening this week I decided to do all the cleaning up but I got distracted and by the time I remember it was too late and I needed to apologise.  None of us wants to be taken for granted.  Before you pray, why not take a moment for each of you to thank the other for one act of service which is a regular expression of love.

Prayer (as a couple)

Father, thank you for _____ and the many ways in which they express love to me.  Thank you for this regular, unselfish act of service that I have named.  Help me also to remain committed to loving acts of service.  Amen

Prayer (for others)

Father, we pray for _____ and _____ as they face the challenges of (work, children, caring for parents – or whatever their greatest challenge is) help them to never grow tired of serving each other in love.  Amen

Final quote

… serve one another in love.  Galatians 5:13 MSG