This week will be different for many.
For many, normal work hours have been suspended and our authorities are telling us to stay home.
Home is supposed to be a secure, comfortable, and joyful sanctuary. It’s every family’s headquarters of ministry to others which includes, usually, having other folks over. Our houses are our home bases of daily operations, we leave to shop, to work, to socialize, to dine, to play, and to (sometimes) have our own space because the home is where we also expend ourselves for others in the family.
Now, with the sanctions we have upon us, our marriages will be threatened with unnatural stress and tension. The fear of ‘What if?’ and ‘What now?’ will be a constant conversation that, for most, cannot be put off “till I get home from work.”
These are days when our wedding vows become all the more relevant. We pledged to our spouses “…from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.”
Finding ourselves on the negative end of that spectrum where things are worse, knowing that we are probably going to be poorer, and feeling like sickness is all around us…this is a time to love and to cherish. Husbands and wives need to be as one.
Caught in circumstances that we could not foresee we find ourselves with no where to go but the best place in life; home. Home with the people we love the most. Normal life may been interrupted, but life in Christ, the life that Christ has given us with our spouse and children, goes on.
What makes this all possible is that we, as Christians, are the Bride of Christ. He is always looking out for our good. He is the perfect husband.
And His vows to us are always operational and never broken. He assures us that all things work together for our good. He tells us that he will never leave us nor forsake us. He knows all of our needs, and if worse ever comes to worse, He has said, I am with you always, even till the end of the world. Death will not be a parting; it will be a party.