By Jason Lillis
Family Life Coordinator
How many of us chose today’s New Testament reading for our weddings? Or how many of us have heard it at a wedding we have attended? This text probably wasn’t first intended to be a warm fuzzy for the brides and grooms of Corinth (though I imagine they may have had something similar). Rather, it’s a great reminder that though we do not all have the same spiritual gifts with which to serve our Lord, we must all be guided by love. Though I may speak well in front of groups, and Judy can sing beautifully, and Joe can counsel a friend with encouraging words, everything we do must be guided by love, by the gift of self to God through Christ, just as Christ gave of himself for us.
So for you couples who asked for this question to be read on your wedding day, how does it strike you now? Do you know more fully what it means to say that love is patient and kind? Are you finding that love bears and endures all things? Do you hear again, today, that the love you share as a married couple does not seek its own interests, nor does it rejoice over wrongdoing? For me and my wife, this means that we must actively take time to talk carefully with each other, carving out time to not just remember our wedding with date nights on the 13th of the month, but to talk about how we want our marriage to be a way for God’s grace to be real in our lives and the lives of those around us.
I’d like to invite you to consider how you and your spouse could reflect further on this scripture, and your marriage more intentionally, and to be like Christ in sharing a word of encouragement for your spouse this week. On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, we invite you to join us at St. Francis for “An Evening For Busy Couples”. This date night is a great opportunity for you as a couple to celebrate and remember the story of your love together in marriage. Tickets are going fast! You can order yours today online at http://bit.ly/ValentinesDateNight. You can also feel free to call me at 919-847-8205 x244 for more information