To Lovingly Embrace and Care for
A time to embrace. Ecclesiastes 3:5
The ancient wisdom of Solomon provides significant contemporary insight into life and relationships. In a world filled with the barrenness of busy lives, learning to stop and take time for the simple but important things is critical. Taking time to court your spouse seems so simple that you can mistakenly conclude it's insignificant.
To court your spouse means returning to some of those simple things. It means leaving love notes, bringing home flowers, holding hands, and calling just because you wanted to hear his or her voice. To court your spouse means doing the simple things that stoke the fires of attraction. It means to entice your spouse, gain his or her favor, and as Solomon suggests, to give an embrace.
We usually think of giving hugs as the sole definition of embrace, but to embrace also means to show acceptance with gladness. It means welcoming and including your spouse's differences, idiosyncrasies, and agendas. To embrace means to include your spouse's ideas and opinions in your decisions. To embrace means to incorporate his or her wishes and desires into your routine.
To physically embrace may still seem so common and simplistic, but there's often no better demonstration of intimacy than putting your arms around the one you love. To embrace—to give a hug—isn't just a polite sign of welcome. It's also an affirmation of that person's worth and a declaration that you value the relationship. A gentle touch or countless other tender expressions of "I care" separate love relationships from mere acquaintances.
Couples are often counseled to connect with physical touch as they part in the morning and again as they reunite in the evening. Don't let kids, chores, or the nightly news steal away those few moments of affirming your commitment to faithfulness and tender care.
When will you initiate the gift of a loving, tender embrace for your spouse?
Lord, help us show the gratitude we feel for each other in the warmth of our embrace.
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