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‘If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.’ Comment On the day after Valentine’s Day it seems appropriate to consider physical intimacy and in particular –...

“And Adam knew his wife and she conceived……..” Genesis 4 (older versions)  There’s a lot involved in knowing each other. Here the phrase seems to be a colloquial form for sexual intercourse and the phrase is beautifully expressive of the intimacy explicit in loving sex. Comment Perhaps we have been married a few years and feel we know each other...

Your beauty, within and without, is absolute, dear lover, close companion.  You are tall and subtle, like the palm tree, and your full breasts are like sweet clusters of dates.  I say, ‘I’m going to climb that palm tree! I’m going to caress it’s fruit!’  Oh yes!  Your breasts will be clusters of sweet fruit to me, Your great clean and...

My lover speaks to me. Come then, my love; my darling, come with me. The winter is over; the rains have stopped; in the countryside the flowers are in bloom. This is the time for singing; the song of doves is heard in the fields. Figs are beginning to ripen; the air is fragrant with blossoming vines. Come then, my...

Scripture 9 Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Ephesians 4:9 MSG Comment My ability to control what I say is at best …. random. I wish I were better at making each of my words a gift for my wife…. a gift to help...

Scripture What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself. Eph 4:25  (MSG) Comment Continuing our walk through The Message’s paraphrasing of Ephesians we come to this encouragement...