Velcro tearing was the sound, and the two who were one, began pulling at the seam, trying to clean out what encumbered they’re the union.

Marriage is work.  Sometimes you want Five o’clock to arrive on the marriage clock so that you can quit working.  All marriages have times like this.  Have you felt it lately?

Words that tear and pull the fabric of the oneness, ” I ALWAYS, You Never; You Always and I NEVER!”

Trying to sort out fantasy from inspiration, and baggage from resources;  trying to remove fibers of lint that prevents Velcro from completely clinging and being strong as one.   Trying to  become one, so completely, that it is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins.

The two becoming one, the daily work of clinging to one another.  Removing that which separates despite the pain, despite the work.

“So let us not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good.  At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.  Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the  people closet to us in the community of faith. ” Galatians 6:9 MSG

Isn’t that what Christ came to do?  To remove the lint that keeps us from himself?   Paradoxically, ripping apart that which separates us, so that we may have the privilege of daily clinging to him?  A ripping apart to make into one.

As the season of Lent is ending and our lint has been removed, let our marriages be an example to the world of our oneness in Christ.  Though it is hard daily work it is a privilege to cling to the One and Only who is the our only Hope of being One with our spouse and with Him.  He is the One makes the work light and our victories sure.

“The same glory you gave me, I gave them so they will be as unified and together as we are – I in them and you in me.  Then they will be mature in this oneness, and

give this godless world evidence that you have sent me and  loved  them in the same way you have loved me.” John 17:23 MSG

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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