And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Sarah is looking at a bookshelf, trying to find something to read.
“Boring, boring, boring… oh hey, what’s this?”
In front of her is book which says ‘MEMORIES’.
As she pulls it out and opens it up, she sees pictures of smiling faces and a world gone by, and of a young woman wearing a wedding dress.
“Grandma, who’s this? It looks like mummy.”
Her grandmother smiles and picks her up.
“Why darling, that’s me, on the day I married your grandfather.”
“Really? You look so young!”
“Even old people like me were young once. One day you’ll be old too, you know.”
The young girl wrinkles her nose, as if the idea smells funny, before calling out “Granddad! Grandma says I’m going to get old one day!”
Eric comes in from the kitchen, drying his hands.
“Well, of course you will. It’s not like grandparents rise up from the ground like a plant, wrinkly and slow. What’s that you’ve got there Sarah?”
Betty smiles “It’s our wedding album dear.”
“Oh goodness, that takes me back. Your grandmother was the most beautiful woman in town, and I was the reckless young lad who managed to steal her heart. Did you know that back then, most people waited until they were married to live together? I had no idea that she snored so much, otherwise I might not have said yes!”
He laughs and kisses Betty on the cheek, saying “Of course I would have married you my love, snoring or no. The last 40 years have been a blessing from God, and I’m grateful for every moment we’ve had together. Not everyone has been as fortunate as us.”
“What do you mean granddad?”
“Well, you see Sarah, God has a plan for our world, and a plan for marriage. But not everyone believes in God, or likes his plans… and when we go against God’s plans, people get hurt.”
“Why do people get hurt? I thought that God loves us.”
“He does love us, but you see, God made us in a special way. We’re designed and meant to do things a certain way… we were made for a purpose. And when we do things outside of God’s purpose for us, things don’t go well. A big part of that purpose, is to do things with God. That’s what your grandmother and I have been doing for as long as we’ve been friends with God, and it’s what we hope you’ll do too.”
Sarah smiles and nods.
(To be continued…)
We thank you that you have made us as you have, that humanity was created for a purpose.
We thank you for the gift of marriage, and for your love, that you have created each of us for your purposes.
May the Holy Spirit help us to know your purpose for our lives, that we might live it out each day.
In Jesus’ name,
Ben and Thea Pratt have been married for twelve years, have four children, and live in the New England region of New South Wales. Thea spends her days homeschooling their children while Ben serves and trains in their local church and community. They are both keen supporters of marriage and families; Ben advocates at a local, state and national level for the rights of families, and Thea works with support groups that help women who are isolated/at risk of abortion.
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