I had the honor of assisting with a marriage retreat this past weekend. Twenty-one couples committed the time to each other to nourish the roots of their relationship.
The best part of the weekend was not the material Jo, Fred and I presented, but the stories and sharing the couple themselves told. Stories that brought both laughter and tears, but always drenched in love.
We shared inspirational quotes throughout the weekend and reflecting on these wonderful sayings this morning, reminded me of our other most important relationship – with God.
Strengthening a marriage relationship involves more listening than talking, intentionally spending time together, and connecting. These can also serve as ways to open our heart to God.
Lent is a great time to nourish our roots with God. May these quotes prime your prayers and light your love as you linger with our Lord.
- To love another person is to see the face of God. – Victor Hugo
- Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why – Eddie Cantor
- Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant. Stephen Covey
- Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads; hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years. Simone Signoret
- You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi
- The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich
- God is spreading grace around in the world like a five-year-old spreads peanut better: thickly, sloppily, and eagerly. Donna Schaper
I really like that last quote and my practice this week will be looking for some of God’s peanut butter grace!