[CF Devotionals] 2019-01-30 - What Brought You Together

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When my husband and I were dating, we went out from our parents’ homes, and did a variety of fun things we both enjoyed. Some of those were bowling, movies, concerts, and of course, meals. The time passed, since our having first dated over three decades ago, and we still do many of the same activities, although very often we eat our meals in our own home. On our wedding day, my Mom gave us a lovely card, and inside of it she wrote these words, “always remember what brought you together, in the first place”.

As we spent this weekend together, we enjoyed each other’s company simply by being together, and that pertinent advice given to us by Mom came to mind. Saturday night, we did some karaoke with some of hubby’s live sound equipment, in what was once our son’s daily space for homework and sleeping. It was nice to just be silly and reminisce with some of the songs and music we love so much. Then Sunday, we went to the grocery store together, as we often did, early on in marriage. It’s funny how such a humdrum activity can be enjoyable in the right company. In many ways, we are the same two people that met in High School, the day he walked over and said to me “hello, how are you?” To which I responded, “do I know you?” And he replied, “I’m Richard, now you do.” We know each other well enough, now, that we can chat, sit quietly, turn to each other during a program and laugh - knowing a specific memory of our own it entails - with no other explanation required. Yet we still realize that effort, in remembering what brought us together, is a component of our staying connected. And now that our kids are grown, in some ways, it is almost like dating again, which is nice.

In a similar way, staying connected to God is important to me. I think back to when I first came to know him, and how intensely wonderful it was to me. I found myself reading, studying and praying, and I would look at the time and could not believe it had been a few hours. It was just like early dating days, while talking on the phone. If you have had the experience, then the phrase, “no, you hang up first!” might come to mind. What brought me together with the Father, in the first place, was a dear departed friend who had joy in her heart, so deep and full, it spilled out onto anyone she met, and I am so glad that our paths crossed in a classroom in High School in the town that was my home for five years so long ago. The eternal hope in my heart found its source, and so much made sense from that point on. There is still so much to learn, and then share with others, as I had shared with me. A deeper love should always, to me, have its fan flamed by the thought, “always remember what brought you together in the first place.”

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13 NIV)

“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” (Ephesians 5:22-32 KJV)

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