Saturday, April 16, 2016


Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
     whose hope is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
     that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
     its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
     but still bears fruit.
                                             —Jeremiah 17:7-8

He is like a tree
     planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
     and whose leaves never fade.
                                                        —Psalm 1:3 

The ninth way to divorce proof your marriage might be called "drought-proofing" your marriage. Marriage can go through dry spells when the fresh sap of love isn't flowing freely. Conflict flares up more easily than romance, communication has dwindled down to working out schedules and putting out fires--and the flames of passion seem to have banked down to a few embers in a darkening hearth. Trust in the Lord enables you to sink your roots deeply in his life-giving graces and keep your love green and fruitful.

One of the best ways to experience love that is constantly growing and communication that becomes more meaningful is to make a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend two to five years after you are married.  The Weekend takes a good marriage and elevates it to exceptional by offering tools to continually improve your marriage for the rest of your lives, particularly through communication techniques that enable you to reach a depth of understanding that could never have happened without the Weekend.

Because of our Weekend, our understanding of each other, our intimacy and passion increased throughout the 38 years we were married.  When my beloved husband died, the regrets I had were that he had died too soon, but we had left nothing unsaid.   We poured out our love on each other every day, and he left me with a strength that surprised me and the assurance that I had been deeply and truly loved.

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