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I’ve officiated at the marriage of quite a few couples in my decade or more of ministry.
Some were close friends while others came across my path through a distant connection.
While I haven’t kept up contact with all of the couples, Facebook is a great way to stay across people’s main events even if it is from a distance.
One couple looked stunning on their wedding day. Over the years they’ve posted about their special holidays, change of occupations and children born. The happy photos always prompted me to “Like” their posts.
Then, out of the blue, the gentleman contacts me. As I had done some pre-marriage counselling for them he asked if they could come back to see me for marriage counselling.
Wow, I had not seen that coming. But I was so impressed he contacted me.
Behind that one question there was a bigger story. Not many couples just decide to do marriage counselling. There was clearly a lot going on for them. But they had taken a positive step and asked for help.
Often people think organising a wedding is hard work. The hard work, however, often begins once the marriage actually starts. Don’t get me wrong, getting married to my wonderful husband is one of the best things I’ve ever done. But you have to keep working at it.
Having a strong relationship with God is the same. Often people think that once you respond to an altar call or you get baptised, the hard decision has been made. But my faith has been made up of lots of hard decisions, and they’ve all happened after I committed my life to Christ.
We need to keep working on these important relationships. And when things get really tough it’s so important we look further afield for more help. We don’t have to struggle through on our own.
May we all be as brave as the couple I married all those years ago, and ask for help when we need it.
What area of your life would you value some help in?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.