But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said,
‘This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called “woman”,
for she was taken out of man.’
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Gen 2:21-24 (NIV)
We were married several years before we became Christians. Eight years later we accepted Jesus into our lives and friends helped us to invite him into our marriage as well, and then things began to change big time. We discovered a common purpose, commitment and power as we applied God’s word in our lives. We were so excited and we decided to celebrate and mark the occasion by renewing our wedding vows. It was one of the most special and moving things we’ve ever done.
Those friends who encouraged, challenged and helped us were a real blessing. They were GOOD FRIENDS and knew marriage was something special.
What can you do to celebrate and give thanks for your marriage?
Are you being called to be GOOD FRIENDS? If so, how might you do that?
Prayer (as a couple)
Dear Lord, Marriage is your idea. We thank you that when You are part of a marriage it is transformed. Help us to recognize what You have done in our lives, to be grateful and to celebrate. Lord, help us to respond in a way that pleases You and serves other couples too. Amen.
You may wish to discuss this together. There are some ideas below.
Prayer (for others)
Dear Lord we pray for the marriages and relationships of couples around us. Lay on our hearts the names of couples who need you in their relationships. We lift …… to you now (names of couples on your heart).
If You want us to be more intentional in helping them bring You into their relationships then show us how Lord. Amen.
You reap what you sow.
The ‘Big Promise’. The Big Promise is a marriage week initiative to strengthen marriages and to break the world record for the number of simultaneous marriage vow renewals. It takes place at 5.15pm on 8 Feb 2014. Churches and communities are encouraged to participate. Is this something that you could do in your community? For more click here.
Something just for you. If you’d like just to renew your vows together then you can find the Anglican Marriage vows here.