Two months ago was our 48th wedding anniversary; two weeks ago we congratulated Josh and Becca on their engagement.
This week was Jo and Allan’s (daughter and son-in law) 20th Wedding Anniversary. Allan wrote of their relationship: ”A life together full of adventures and adversities; beginnings and blessings; transitions and travels; hardships and holidays; changes and challenges; excitements and explorations… and so much to be thankful for.”
The Biblical narrative is one of relationship.
God makes man; realising that ‘It is not good for the man to be alone’ woman is made; the Old Testament describes a breadth of human relationships.
Jesus comes teaching and performing miracles; his first action is to gather a group of friends to share life together; Jesus teaches and models what it is to live in relationship with others.
Paul and the apostles spend much time and effort describing the quality and depth of good relationships; the picture of final resolution in heaven, is of people living together in perfect harmony.
When you’re down and out,
When you’re on the street,
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you.
I’ll take your part,
When darkness comes
And pain is all around.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Paul Simon’s ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ is a relationship that gives – comfort, empathy, healing, light and hope.
I have been reminded again what a dark place loneliness is. It has the potential to bring depression, anxiety, addiction and mental-ill health. Lacking close relationships lonely people withdraw within themselves further and become lonelier.
Rachel asked me to get some potatoes for tomorrow’s dinner. They are there in the garden; they just need to be dug up. Sometimes good, healthy relationships are waiting for us. Currently they are hidden underground and need to be dug up.