Building marriage on a spiritual basis

Nothing can do as much for a marriage as putting love of God at the center of our affections.

Recently my wife and I happily celebrated our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary about the same time that some friends celebrated their sixty-seventh. Chronologically, our celebration seemed somewhat insignificant compared to that of our friends, but a silver anniversary is still a special event and gave us a renewed opportunity to be grateful for what the teachings of Christian Science can bring to the marriage relationship.

We were reminded, in particular, of a visit we had had several weeks before our wedding with a couple who had been married many years, both of whom happened to be Christian Science practitioners. They shared with us some of the practical insights into marriage that Christian Science had given them. Their observations did not characterize marriage as "a bed of roses." Instead, they spoke of mutual respect, sacrifice, unflagging patience, trials overcome, conflicts resolved, misunderstandings corrected, and above all, a growing love that embodied spiritual values, not mere physical attraction or human emotionalism.

Second Thought
October 31, 1988

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