Rick’s Reflections- 10/22/2017

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I came across this prayer in my sermon research and wanted to share it with you.

A Marriage Benediction;  May your marriage bring you all the fulfillment a marriage should bring and may the Lord give you patience, tolerance and understanding. May it be full of joy and laughter as well as comfort and support.  May you discover the true depth of love through loving one another.

Remember that every burden is easier to carry when you have the shoulders of two instead of one.  When you are weary and discouraged look to Jesus to refresh and strengthen you.

May you always need one another—not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness.  May you always need one another, but not out of weakness. Rejoice in and praise one another’s uniqueness, for God is the creator of both male and female differences in personality.

Be faithful to one another in your thoughts and deeds and above all, be faithful to Jesus. May you see the marriage bed as an altar of grace and pleasure.  May you remember that each time you speak to one another you are talking to someone that God has claimed and told, “You are very special.”  View and treat your partner as one who was created in the image of God.  Remember that you are not to hold your partner captive but to give them freedom to become all that God wants them to be.  May you then embrace and hold one another, but not encircle one another.

May God renew your minds so you look to draw out the best and the potential in one another.  Look for things to praise. Never take one another for granted, often say, “I love you” and take no notice of little faults.  Affirm one another, defer to one another and  believe in your partner.  If you have differences that push you apart, may both of you have good sense enough to take the first step back.  May the words “You’re right,” “Forgive me,” and “I forgive you” be close at hand.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for your presence here with us and for your blessing upon these marriages. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Blessings,

Rick