And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
It is staggeringly sad to see the number of deaths that have occurred due to the Coronavirus and countless people have lost loved ones in recent months. In addition, many of us have faced the concept of our own mortality as we worry about whether we will catch the virus and what the outcome could be. It is a sobering thought.
In his book The Mystery of Marriage, Mike Mason talks about mourning our loved ones before they are gone. It sounds a somewhat dismal concept but how often do we actually tell our partner just how much they mean to us. Have we ever written a eulogy to them so that they know how valued they are? What would we regret not having done to them/said to them, if they weren’t with us now?
Prayer (for us)
Spend some time thanking God for each other. Try to go deep and think of somethings you may not have said before.
Prayer (for another couple)
Pray for another couple who don’t seem to appreciate each other. Ask God for a renewed picture for them.
“… how many have died without any such homage, leaving behind huge, gaping wounds of unbearable regret in the hearts of those who said they loved them: regret for not having loved them in life as they discover, so painfully, they do in death? Somehow we must learn to mourn our loved while they are yet alive, not waiting until they are gone and our grief does no one but ourselves any good. At least one kiss each day should be watered with tears… For now is the time to eulogize, now the time to deck with flowers. Today is the day to carry to its rest the whole weight of our love’s flesh upon our shoulders”. The Mystery of Marriage, Mike Mason