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AN ENGAGED COUPLE'S HOPE

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two people are better than one, for they have a good return for their labor.  She hears my dreams and affirms them. My fears of career failure are calmed because she is for me.  He makes me laugh. I am in unity with his walk with our Lord. I can work and grow in my new home with him.

For if they fall, one will help his companion up, but pity the person who falls down and has no one to help him up.  For better or worse we are together.

Furthermore if two lie down together they can keep each other warm, but how can one person keep warm by himself.  It is so cold here in the place she is moving to marry me.  I only want to be where he is. I hope his snuggle will keep me warm.

Although an assailant may overpower one person, two can withstand him.  We walk into this marriage not knowing what we don’t know. We are totally dependent on God I will marry only her. I will marry only him.

Moreover a three stranded cord is not quickly broken.

Lord, You are our powerful third cord. May no other power break us.  Protect our marriage. Teach us. Strengthen us.

Together they say: We are an engaged couple today. Bless our tomorrow.

 

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WHAT ARE OUR LIONS?

“The lazy person claims, “there’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!” Proverbs 22:14

 

Although we don’t face many marauding lion in the street these days, we have many reasons to consider staying inside our comfort zones and letting the opportunity for accomplishing great things slip to the next in line or left undone. After all, wouldn’t taking a risk mean that I could actually not succeed. I may not be mauled by a lion, but I could lose time, money, reputation, friends, and influence for the future. Shouldn’t I just sit this one out and let others take the risk? After all, I’m a father and husband and you need me to support all the other ministries I’m involved in, right? This is the mindset of the lazy person, and the writer of Proverbs 22:14 is challenging us to open the door, leave the security of our home, and venture out into the path where God is waiting for us.

 

Faith and courage are so difficult to find. Perhaps that is why a man like John McCain is being remembered on billboards and TV and radio programs across the country today. I’ve heard so many people talk respectfully about a man they disagreed with. He took chances, was mauled by lions and placed the interest of others before himself. He continues to inspire even after his death.

 

Now it is our turn. What are our lions? How do we open the door of our comfort zone and take that first step outside. Is God able to protect us from the unknown, from the ferocious? Does he know when we are in real danger and does He love us enough to know when we need Him? Of course he does. He made the lion and he made the man or woman whose hand is reaching for the door. Lord, make me aware of how powerful You are, how much You love me, and how much you want for me to depend on You for the courage to face down the lions today. Amen

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