Many claim to have unfailing love,
but a faithful person who can find?
The righteous lead blameless lives;
blessed are their children after them.
(Continued from Day 7)
“I suppose some things are worth the cost.”
With the talk of marriage and the cost triggering something within him, Michael walks back to the lounge, and pours a drink for both of them. His prized vintage port. Something special for a special day. As he hands the glass to his son, he raises his own.
“To your mother, may she rest in peace.”
The two men drink in silence for a moment, before John speaks.
“Do you think she would have liked Marie?”
“She’d love Marie, as much as I do. They’re fairly alike, your mother and your bride.”
“You speak of her as if she’s still here.”
The father puts his glass down, and sits quietly, motioning for the groom to do the same.
“She may have passed with the birth of your sister, but I’ve taken comfort in the fact that as long as we remember her, that her legacy continues. She’s still here, in a way, even though she’s with the Lord.”
“Is that why you never remarried?”
Michael nods slightly.
“I know that I could remarry. It’s only ’til death do us part’. The church would say that it would be fine, and heaven knows that I’ve had no shortage of encouragement from friends and family.”
“But I’ve never felt the need. I loved your mother, more than any man has a right to love a woman. She gave me her heart, and two beautiful children. What more could a man ask for?”
“Didn’t you ever get lonely though?”
“Oh, sometimes John, sometimes. But whenever I felt that my life was less than it should have been, you or your sister, or both of you, would do something to remind me that whilst I may be a widower, that I’m not alone. Today I will gain another daughter, and should God call Joanne, your sister, to marriage, then I will gain another son. One day, God willing, there may even be grandchildren.”
John smiles to his father, and raises his glass again.
“To family, as God intends it to be.”
(To be continued…)
We thank you that you have given us your unfailing love.
We repent of the idolatry of marriage, and of the lie that we are incomplete without a marriage partner, a lie that has caused so much grief and pain. You are our completeness.
May the Holy Spirit bring hope and healing to those who have been afflicted by this idolatry, and help us to love them as you do, as family.
In Jesus‘ name,
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
Warwick Marsh & David Rowsome from Canberra Declaration with thanks for input and advice from an interdenominational editorial team. The team at the Canberra Declaration also thank the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting for their kind assistance