“Pray for reconciliation,” she asked.
And my heart immediately felt drawn to this dear woman, treading through waters that are not unfamiliar to me.
But it wasn’t just that she asked, it was the day she asked.
You see, I mark time on a few different dates each year, for reasons directly related to my marriage. There is a special date in March, an anniversary in July, and an October date, all of which I hold close so that I can remember that God works – God restores – God provides reconciliation.
Her request that I pray for reconciliation came today, the day I mark my own relationship in March. The first anniversary of a very difficult year.
As I stepped into the hallway after replying to her message, one of my kids was playing the piano just for fun.
“For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth…”
The “Hallelujah Chorus”.
And I’m undone.
My heart, once broken, is starting to heal.
The grace of God allows me to pray for my friend – to approach the throne of grace with all the boldness in my heart that I use to pray for my own marriage.
And I picture us – 2 women, wanting what is right, wanting wholeness, restoration, the redemption of our marriages.
Could it be that the angels were echoing our prayers with their hallelujahs?
I shared this today –
And the Hallelujah Chorus plays in my home, and between failed marriages looking for renewal, thoughts of life on a special day, and the goodness of the joy of the Lord, I stand amazed! God is able – and I know it because I’ve lived it!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth…!
Oh, how I love the Lord!
Only God can use the garbage that comes into our lives to help us learn and grow, to mold us into what He would have for us, and then
– and then –
lets us share the blessing with others.
None of this is lost on me today, Lord!
I pray for marriages that are hurting, stressed, broken. We are hurt people, in a world that has taken their eyes off of you, Lord. I pray for my sister who is approaching you on behalf of her marriage. I pray for wives who want to stay, for husbands who want to go home. Would you grow love in their hearts, in our hearts, Lord? Would you restore the joy that was once there and provide the unity that we used to know?
Lord, I’m watching you restore in my home. I have been through this for a time now, and I have seen your mercy and grace poured out in abundance. The good news I’ve learned? Your mercy is limitless. Your grace knows no end. We need you in our lives, in our home, in our love. As we lay aside our interests and hand the relationships to you, would you restore us?
And would you heal the broken-hearted, Father? Where hope is lost, would you be the Hope? Where there are hearts crying out to you, would you gather up the tears? (Psalm 56:8)
I have seen you do this, Lord.
For those who are hurting, for those who seek reconciliation, for those praying faithfully for their spouse, Father, I stand with them.
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Marriage is messy, but as my dear friend says, “Only God can turn that mess into a message, that test into a testimony.”
He can do it.
He may choose to restore and provide healing in ways that He deems best, but please know – He is always at work on your behalf. He is the loving Father to us, and He will not leave us.
“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.”
– Psalm 116:1