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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Love Out on a Limb

Two lovebirds, out on a limb,
One is a "her" -- the other a "him."
After they married, they built their own nest,
And that's when their lives began a new quest.
In the beginning their love conquered all.
Then after a while she started to bawl,
"Why don't you love me as much as before?
All of a sudden you've become a big bore.

"You go off to work -- then come home to eat,
you pick up the remote, and put up your feet,
And the rest of the evening all that I see,
is you flipping the channels on that stupid TV.
"What's happened to your promise -- to love and adore?
I feel so neglected, why do you ignore
the children and me, and all of our needs?
And look at the lawn -- it's turning to weeds!"

He looked up for a moment and said, "Don't YOU start;
I'm working long hours. I'm doing MY part.
I'm tired of the nagging; I need time to chill,
I feel like all day I've been running up hill.
You crab and you nag, and you criticize me.
I just need some peace... how blind can you be?"

You pick me apart and then you're amazed
why I close my ears and instead look dazed.
I feel so belittled and worthless and small
But when I am elsewhere, others make me feel tall."

And now these two Lovebirds are really out on a limb.
One is a "her" and the other a "him."
Their love's been reduced to accusations and fights,
seeking their own ways, and defending THEIR "rights."
Where' s their promise to love, honor, and cherish?
Without God's help this marriage could perish.

You see, marriage is a covenant... a promise to keep;
When God is your center, the benefits you'll reap.
A cord of 3 strands is not quickly broken;
put into practice the words God has spoken.
We're to live as He said, "Be imitators of Me"
just as Christ lived His life sacrificially.
Submit to each other "as unto the Lord,"
giving each one preference -- and live in one accord.
For love is patient, unselfish, and kind.
It doesn't hold grudges -- or shame and remind
each spouse of faults they're trying to erase.
There are times we all need unmerited grace.

We're to love as God loves -- our vows we're to keep,
showing others who need Him that His love is deep.
He doesn't give up, and neither should we.
If we love like He does, it is Christ they will see.

As the love birds we spoke of, opened their eyes,
They knew what to do... and to their surprise
God helped them to love beyond human reason
and take their marriage to a brand new season,
of helping and caring and showing their love
just as Jesus Christ gives love, over and above.

So now those Lovebirds are no longer on a limb.
The one being a "her" -- the other a "him."
Their home honors Christ. They're now partners, who love,
each other and Christ, and their Father above.

(c) Steve and Cindy Wright
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"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity"

~ Colossians 3:12-14

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