The Announcement

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“Truth sprinkled with grace”

“To have and to hold.” You know the rest.

We’ve all heard those words. Many of us have spoken them.

Do we go from singing a song, to making an announcement…an announcement that no one else really wants to hear?

In about six months, there will be situations where a husband or a wife will be trying to determine the best time to shock their spouse with the unwelcome news that “their marriage will soon end.” There is always a dilemma involved. “Should I spring the news, before or after? It can’t be too soon, or too late.” After all, our families will be at our home, “with all of the presents.” There will be meals and parties and other gatherings. Also, our friends can’t find out too soon…they might try to hassle us! Really! What do those “other people” know about two people whose marriage is “just broken, and can’t be fixed?” Of course, after this “special season,” the kids will have two days to call Christmas. And…they’ll have two birthdays, and two of every other special day. Really! This will not be so bad!!! After all, it’s best for the kids, “anyway!” (or is it?)

This is the fourth year that I have published this post. Each time, I have listened to the videos without interruption, and each time they have pulled strong emotions from within me. This evening, as usual, my throat and jaw tightened. Tears would not stop finding their way onto my cheeks. The story of Jacob and Marlee is that, just a story. But, I know that their situation is one that many married couples, “are facing, have faced, or will face.”

Luke 2:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

Christ Born of Mary

1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Mary and Joseph were on their way to Bethlehem, where Mary would give birth to the Christ child, the Savior of the world. Consider the story of Marlee and Jacob, and their “Christmas Eve” journey; it was being made for quite a different reason.

Marlee and Jacob were married on Christmas Eve, “twenty years ago.” On this Christmas Eve, the couple are headed to an attorney’s office…to sign divorce papers. Think about Marlee, Jacob, and your marriage situation. Do you remember the words that you and your mate said to each other as you stood before God, the minister, family and friends, and the rest of the people who were watching and listening as you professed your love to one another? If you have forgotten those special words, I have written a traditional wedding vow for you to consider. Please read it now.

“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish…’til death do us part.”

If you are also considering such a, “Christmas Eve divorce papers appointment,” please listen carefully to the audio recording of Marlee and Jacob, as they are on their way to sign their papers…on Christmas Eve. The time of the recording is fifty-four minutes. Let me ask you to set aside an uninterrupted period of time, of “fifty-four minutes,” and listen to the important story of a damaged marriage. Think about your wedding vows. Think about your marriage. Think about your children…please! Set aside fifty-four minutes, and consider your marriage.

The Moody Radio image, below, has a white arrow that is used to click onto the recording of “The Marriage Carol.” Below the Moody image is a link that can also click on the recording.

After you have read, listened to, and considered everything that is in this post, please be very honest with yourself and answer a very personal question; you can answer to yourself. So, here it is. When you read a post or message on facebook from a “friend” of the opposite sex, “do you get a spark?” If your answer is “yes,” maybe facebook is not something that you should have as a part of your life.

Consider the days that will quickly take you to Thanksgiving, and then to Christmas. Consider whether you will greet those days with an intact family…with a family that will be held together by the love of Christ, and that will survive the temptations that will try to weave their ways into your life, and into your marriage, and destroy both of them; or whether, soon, “after the holidays,” your marriage will be splintered into a million little pieces. It’s your choice; let Christ guide you to making the right one.

http://www.moodyradio.org/Christmas/

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