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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Gather A Good Marriage {Five Minute Friday / The Weekend Brew)

Time for Five-Minute Friday , hosted by Kate Motaung. The challenge is to write for five minutes on a given "theme word", posted by Kate on Thursday night...and then stop when the timer dings.

Today's word is gather.

We're also linked to The Weekend Brew.

GO.

We need gatherings in our married lives.

This may seem kind of obvious...everyone needs friends, right? But too often, the practice of gathering goes by the wayside.

We're so busy...we have our jobs and our lives, our children's lives, our social-media obligations...and we find we're declining invitations to real gatherings with real people.

And soon the invitations stop coming. Sound familiar?

And when no one comes, the invitations stop being sent, and we live in social cubicles.Connected, but walled off, separate.

It's a terrible thing, really, because these events, these gatherings are where we, as married couples, learn to operate as a team. We have to think and act as a unit, speaking for the benefit of the union, representing our union to the world.

So the next invitation you get, wherever it is, and even if it sounds duller than rock, go.

Gather in support of your marriage.

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If you have a moment, please stop by at my other blog, Starting The Day With Grace.

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    1. Liz....coming from you, that means a LOT. You just made my day!

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  2. So true! The reading this week at church is the Parable of the Wedding Banquet. What if we were invited and didn't come? You are so right. It is so important for couples to gather together.

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    1. That parable has it exactly right. Acceptance is they key.

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  3. I'm your neighbour at the FMF linkup this week. What a great idea--that gatherings are opportunities to strengthen your marriage. I hadn't thought of it like this before. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for being here, Sabrina...I really appreciate your contribution.

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  4. YES! I agree so much with everything you said. We DO need to gather together. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Carrie, thank you. In this fragmented day, it's hard...but we do need to make the effort.

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  5. I like this, Andrew. Gathering, presenting a united front, moving in unity - even if it's during a dull activity. Challenge accepted!

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    1. Carol, thank you. And thank you for accepting the challenge. Would you let me (and all of us) know how it goes, and share your experiences? Going off-topic in a comment is fine.

      We'd REALLY like to hear from you, and the continuity.

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  6. You crack me up, Andrew! "Duller than a rock"--I've been to plenty of those! Thank you for the encouragement to keep going when I'd rather just hang out at home where I'm comfortable (my husband is the extrovert ;) ).

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    1. Yeah, I get it. Barbara is the extrovert. I'm the silent Chinaman in the corner with the wraparound Oakleys..."Break Glass In Case Of War".

      But to support her, I have to come out of my shell. It's hard, especially given the current circumstances of illness.

      But 'hard' does not mean impossible, and it's not an excuse.

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  7. Great truth, Andrew!! Busy-ness is the enemy of genuine relationship. I love your take on gathering as a couple in that we learn how to act and function as a unit--as one. And you're so right. We learn how to interact with others as husband-wife. And this is good. You're challenging me to step out and offer an invitation to friends we haven't visited with in a while.

    Loved this post!

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    1. Jeanne, thank you.

      Would you let me know how it goes, extending invitations? Off-topic comments are welcome; I would love to hear the follow-up.

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  8. This is so true. Gathering often does get throw to the wayside but it is so important. We need community and this is just as true in marriage. I'm going to accept that invitation that sounds "duller than a rock!" ;-)

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    1. And I suspect that, given your presence, the gathering will transcend dullness to reach a vibrancy that no one would have expected..

      Would you let me...and all of us...know how it goes?

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