True husbanding

LOOKING for someone? Need help in carrying out household tasks? Could you use more affection? Do you want support in meeting financial obligations? In a marriage, these are the kinds of demands—small and large—that people often make on their spouses. But married or not, each of us needs to ask himself or herself, Is a human being my real support?

The Bible declares, "Thy Maker is thine husband" (Isa. 54:5). If we think of God as far away, as an unreachable power, removed from our daily lives, it would be rather ridiculous to expect God to be able to husband us. But the Bible leads us to see the relation of God and man as very close. The Psalmist calls God "our refuge and strength, a very present help" (Ps. 46:1). And St. John describes God as Love (see I John 4:16). Love, God, is husbanding us; we are loved and cared for by Him. As we grow in confidence in our unbreakable relation to God, we experience greater fulfillment in our human experience, including greater appreciation for our spouse.

Can I help how I feel?
August 18, 1997

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