A Partner for Life
For more than half the 20th century, Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, shared one of the most unique partnerships of any married couple in recorded history. In 1999, the Churchill’s child, Mary (Lady) Soames, published a collection of her parents’ correspondence, drawn from a treasure-trove of over 1,700 letters written between them (Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of the Churchills, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999). One of Churchill’s first notes to Clementine, in April, 1908, after only their third meeting, sets the tone for the mutual admiration that was to follow: "I seize this fleeting hour of leisure to write and tell you how much I liked our long talk on Sunday and what a comfort and pleasure it was to me to meet a girl with so much intellectual quality and such strong reserves of noble sentiment."
For all of Churchill’s blustery exterior (Clementine cautioned him about it: "...there is a danger of your being generally disliked by your colleagues and subordinates because of your rough, sarcastic and overbearing manner.... I cannot bear that those who serve the Country and yourself should not love you as well as admire and respect you. Therefore with terrific power you must combine urbanity, kindness and if possible Olympic calm.") he was a loving admirer of his wife: "I cannot tell you how much I love and honor you and how sweet and steadfast you have been through all my hesitations and perplexity." Perhaps most telling is the way that Clementine relieved the loneliness of his powerful and public life. He wrote that he had no one but her “to break the loneliness of this bustling existence."
The Churchills fulfilled God’s ideal for marriage—a lifelong partnership of love, mutual support, and defense against the pressures of life. Interestingly, God has always used marriage to picture his relationship with his covenant people. Just as two wholly committed marriage partners defuse “the loneliness of this bustling existence,” so God does for those to whom he is betrothed.
For believers in Christ, being spiritually united to God means having a lifelong partner who defends against life’s loneliness. Are you allowing him to be the partner he wants to be for you? In your next lonely moment, seek the comfort of his presence.
God’s Promise to You: “I defend you against loneliness by always being with you.”