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A Lament For Painful Marriages


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Hope Henchey

O Sovereign God, author of love itself,

You have brought men and women

Into unions and covenants

But for many, it seems, O Lord

You have brought them wholly into pain.

 

When the captain of a ship

Blasts holes in her bow, her deck, her mainsails

What must the crew do but sink?

 

O God, restore these hurting marriages

Heal these broken hearts

Do not let men walk proudly in sin

Distorting Your Holy Word

To shift blame on the weak.

 

May the captain of the ship

Repair the damages he has wrought

And seek forgiveness from his crew.

 

Marriage is to be held in honor by all

Even by those who have been hurt by it.

It was Your idea, O Lord, a good idea

May we believe it is good too;

Help our unbelief. 

 

May the crew of the ship

Look to You, the Truest Captain

To guide them safely Home.

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Jonathan Rogers
15 hours ago, Hope Henchey said:

When the captain of a ship

Blasts holes in her bow, her deck, her mainsails

What must the crew do but sink?

@Hope Henchey, that is such a great image. It's going to stick with me for a while.

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Elizabeth Harwell

This image of the ship—and of its captain and its crew—hasn’t left me since I read this lament several days ago. I agree with @Rachel Donahue, thank you for giving us words to pray, and images to stir up the urgency of prayer. 

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Guest Cindy Ragsdale

Elizabeth, I agree. The ship / captain / crew is a sticky image full of hopeful possibility. (I'm a therapist; I will use this image in couples counseling.)

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