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Topic: Husband and Wife (08/08/14)
TITLE: Can This Marriage Be Saved?
By Laura Hawbaker
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It’s a convoluted story. He was actually supposed to marry my sister, but my father (politician that he is) intervened and hooked her up with someone else. When Dad saw that I was madly in love with this guy, he arranged our marriage, but only after the young man could prove himself. Dad asked an outrageous price for me, and I was flattered when my prospective lover eagerly met the challenge.
He must really love me I thought. Now I realize he loves any kind of challenge—especially if it involves fighting and showing courage. As a military man he spends hours, days, weeks away from home. When he comes home, he is always charged up and excited to tell me about his exploits. Honestly, I really don’t want to hear about that blood and gore.
My husband is very romantic, very emotional, very spiritual, very popular. Come to think of it, he is just very everything! He is either way up or way down. He is close to God in a way I can’t understand. I often find him alone singing to God. I wish he would just tell me his thoughts and feelings.
My husband and I come from very different backgrounds. I was raised in a high profile political-military family and have enjoyed wealth all my life. My husband is up and coming in the political world himself, but he sometimes seems so—so—what’s the word I want? So simple, rural, countrified. People seem to love this about him, but I admit, it bothers me.
There seems to be a lot of tension between my dad and my husband. I thought maybe it would lessen once we were married, but it only seems to get worse. I love them both and feel torn between the two men in my life.
His story: I have a very beautiful wife. She is smart and savvy. I love her and would do just about anything for her. In fact, I did some pretty crazy things to prove my manhood to her dad.
Speaking of her dad, he seems to be a source of contention in our marriage. It’s like I can never please the guy. I won’t go into all the details, but my life is sometimes in danger. My wife actually protected me early in our marriage. Would she do that now? I am not so sure.
My wife doesn’t seem to understand me. I know I am away from home a lot, but I am a soldier, so what does she expect? I love my job, love the challenge of leading men, and defending God’s people.
Speaking of God, that is another thing in my wife she doesn’t appreciate. God has always been very real in my life. I talk to him constantly and sometimes I wonder if that makes her jealous. I have tried to share my thoughts and feelings with her, but she seems so cold. She tells me I am too emotional. So I just go up to the rooftop with my harp and sing. It helps me unwind, but then she gets mad because I am not spending time with her.
I don’t know what our future holds. God has placed a special call on my life, but I feel caught in the tangle of what God wants, what my wife expects, and what her dad demands. Sometimes I just cry out to God for mercy.
Can this marriage be saved? Read 2 Samuel 6 to find out the rest of the story.
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