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Some of the best marriage advice that we received before getting married was
"Spend more time
preparing for the marriage
than you do preparing for the wedding"
At the time, I thought "well of course" but in the midst of all the planning sometimes it was easier to get caught up in the details for a day rather than the plans for a lifetime.
So, it delighted my heart when German was asked for us to be a part of a prayer effort. The young man who asked him to pray is getting married in 3 weeks. He said that he wanted the four weeks leading up to the wedding to be covered in prayer. He asked married persons "who understood marriage can be difficult and could pray with empathy" to join with him. I was so impressed with his forethought.
Then he sent his first week's requests. Wow! He writes (I've taken out names):
This week's theme is: love - that the love that N and I have for each other and for God will continue to grow throughout our marriage, but also for strength for me to fulfil my part of the marriage covenant: to love N as Christ loves the church. To me that is an impossible task to fulfil, and it is only in God's strength that it can be done. The sacrificial nature of Christ's love for us is the example we have to follow, so pray that I will be able to love sacrificially as well.
Wow! This young man gets it---preparing for the marriage. The wedding will come and go. But this foundation of prayer will be a bedrock that is strong.
They are off to a great start. I'm honored to be a part of helping them "prepare for the marriage." Do you know anyone getting married soon? How can you help them prepare for a lifetime?
Blessings to You!