Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom…
I read a study* of over a thousand clergy, only 26% of who reported having a private devotional time in the course of the day. This led me to wonder how many clergy couples are in the Word together each day. I couldn't find any studies on this, maybe there are some, but let's bring it down to the individual level. I know my husband and my own on again off again relationship with couple's devotions could be better. Is it any wonder that there is no difference in the trend of divorce among clergy than there is in the laity? As James writes on another topic…brothers and sisters, this should not be.
It makes my heart heavy. I so badly want it to be better. I want to uphold what marriage should look like, as a representation of Christ and His Beloved Church, but I so often fail. We so often fail as a couple. Don't get me wrong. I love my husband, He loves me. We pray together, we worship together (sort of), and we have deep and meaningly theological conversations. But there's plenty of our marriage that reflects our sin, and mostly our sins of omission. Omitting time together, omitting His word together, omitting compassion for one another.
So this Lent, we're going to spend a little extra time doing something, instead of takings something out. We're going to take some time to reflect on His grace in our lives, filling it up. Join us! Each day in Lent, I'll post a Lent devotion for church work couples, based on Romans 8 (which conveniently has 39 verses). Get your spouse and a cup of coffee or a piece of chocolate and dive in. These devotions can take 5 minutes or 30 minutes of your time, depending on the discussion you create while reflecting. I'll see you back here Ash Wednesday for Day 1.
For a PDF version of the devotions in full, just send me a note! :)