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Topic: Music (03/08/07)
TITLE: HOLY MATRIMONY
By esther robinson
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“What brings into you such mixed feelings?” Wilma enquired.
“I am deeply apprehensive of my future. Having witnessed the life of my parents, I continue to live in a perpetual state of fear and shame over the institution called marriage.” Christina recalled the ups and downs in the family life of her parents.
Then she continued. “In fact the perennial problem of uncertainty about my settlement in life did snatch my inner peace, courage, joy and happiness. Now that my wedding is fixed, I am joyful but still I wonder whether being afraid of getting boiled in a kettle if I am trying to jump into a frying pan.”
“Oh! No. This should not be the attitude of a child of God. You believe in God and surely He will not put you down. God has not given you a spirit of fear. You could at any moment call Him as Abba Father!” Wilma encouraged her even while she picked the chicken soup packet from the shelf and dropped it into the trolley.
Then she narrated the following. “Long ago, a wonderful couple named Anthony and Deborah Walsh lived like two lovely sparrows in a nest built in a place called Brent. The idea of waking up in the morning tasted like neem to Anthony whereas Deborah by nature was an early bird. Except for a very few things, they did not have much common interests either. However, one particular thing in which both showed interest was their zeal in going to church on every Sunday. They sought the Lord diligently. The Lord enabled them to accept their differences. The melodious music of their married life remained a mystery for many people. Fifty-two years of fruitful married life. God made their life a symphony to three children, sixteen grandchildren and several other people. Likewise, whatever be your state, cling on to the Lord and He will perfect everything for you.”
“Wonderful testimony! I also would like my family to live as a witness for Christ. My Creator understands the mental mountains that I am moving at present in my mind. Thanks Wilma for kindling the faith in me. Surely, He Who had blessed Anthony and Deborah would also bless us. Right now, I am trading all my anxieties into the loving hands of our Lord and in return asking Him to fill me with His divine peace (Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27). Thanks for coming forward to give me company. I really enjoyed shopping along with you.”
“I praise God for giving me an opportunity to share some of my thoughts with you. I also enjoyed being with you.”
The items purchased were pushed into the car. “Meet you again with my wedding invitation.” Christina waved. Their respective cars departed in different directions but the wonderful life of Anthony and Deborah kept replaying in both their mind screens echoing to give the first place to God in their lives.
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