The first relationship

It became an evening I’ll always remember.  I was at a business dinner seated next to an acquaintance I had always admired.  Neither of our spouses had been included.  He asked about my recent marriage.  I explained how unexpected my husband’s proposal was (we had been good friends) after being single 9 years. Given that my life paradigm included a vow to never marry again, I initially said no.

Then we very thoughtfully considered our reasons for marriage.  We shared common life goals, had a wonderful friendship, and both have a love of the Bible as well as an ongoing study of it.  Our marriage has been filled with humor and consideration for each other.  Through some tough patches, it has spurred us both to become better individuals.  My dinner partner sighed deeply and said, “Yes, that’s the way it is with marriage.  First you pray to it and then you have to pray all the way through it.”

Consider with me for a moment that perhaps the first relationship for us to seek/discover/nurture is with God.  I mean, on a regular basis I wind up there anyway!  I think the following passage, though written almost 130 years ago, captures these thoughts:

“…I have a far off echo that is sweeter than vintage bells to the villagers on the Rhine.  It is the Love that never fails me, the sweet, strong glorious friendship with my own Soul, with my individual God that is so infinite in Truth and Love I cannot tell what His personality is, but this I do know, that when all that is human fails, this divine friendship goes on, and I and He come nearer.”    The Mary Baker Eddy Collection

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10 Responses to The first relationship

  1. Michelle says:

    Just reposted a link to this on facebook!

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  3. Ann Seliskar says:

    God is all about relationship and your article affirms this so well. Thanks, Linda for the nourishing food for thought.

  4. Diane Marrapodi says:

    Thanks, Linda for beautifully sharing the foundation of harmony, progress and peace! What a gift your article is to the thought asking/seeking/yearning to know, ” is the peace of Divine Love a present possibility”?

    • Linda says:

      Yes, I agree that “the peace of Divine Love” is not only a present possibility, but the best place to begin…

  5. Wow. That is a healing message. I am going to share it widely. It touches the heart and speaks about commonly shared experience. Thank you.

  6. Adam Scherr says:

    This really puts the St in the Valentine message. Well done, Linda.

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