Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”. Romans 15:1-2 (The Message)
I’ve been living in survival mode for a few years now as my energy levels have been constantly depleted due to various personal circumstances. Our daughter was diagnosed with cancer and had two major operations three years ago. She’s ok now and praise God has the all-clear.
The following year my father died after a prolonged illness and then my mother discovered she had an aggressive cancer. She died in December last year. This year I’ve been sorting out their stuff which is a lot of work and very frustrating at times. The reason I’m telling you this is not so you can feel sorry for me. It’s to tell you that over the last few years my husband has been a ROCK. He has coped with and accepted his grumpy, grieving wife and continually found ways to make my life easier.
I thank God for him!
You may be struggling or life may be very good right now but whatever your circumstances what can you do to look after one another?
Prayer (as a couple)
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you give us each other to care for one another. Help us to set aside our own desires and find ways to help and look after the needs of the other. We pray Father God that you would give us your strength and joy through your Holy Spirit to live for the good of the other. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Prayer (for others)
Heavenly Father, we pray for … and … Please help them to recognize the needs of the other, be unselfish and do things for the good of the other. We pray that you would work to make their marriage stronger. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)