Originally scheduled for August 11
nature of romantic love changes after childbirth. You hold your
beloved’s hand in your own, look tenderly into her eyes and suddenly
hear the screech of a two-year-old whose diaper needs to be changed.
It does not go down in history as one of the great romantic moments.
still, the romantic nature of marriage must be preserved. Indeed,
more than preserved it must be nourished. To that purpose, then,
many couples have adopted the practice of a weekly date night. This
doesn’t necessarily mean tuxedo and gown; it may be as simple as
watching one particular television program, special to both of you,
after the children are asleep. Your author has been married for over
50 years, and my wife and I still keep date night every week. We
love each other more now than we ever have in the past — because we
nourished the relationship consistently and constantly. We plan to
continue this practice as long as we both shall live.
you haven’t thought of it this way, but your relationship with Jesus
Christ needs something of the same kind of nourishment. It’s not a
romantic relationship, but it is a love relationship — and such
relationships either grow or die. Why would you take the effort to
nourish that relationship?
Nourishment is necessary for growth. If your relationship to God is
to grow, then you must do some of the nourishing. He will do his
part; but you cannot just sit back and watch.
Nourishment increases resilience. Love is a delicate plant at the
beginning, but if you tend to it it can become very tough and
resilient. 50 years means my wife and I have been through a lot
together. It has made us closer together and tougher to split.
Nourishment is proof that you care. To give you a very minor
example, a Christian gentleman opens the car door for his wife — and
it’s not because she doesn’t know how to do it herself. It’s because
he cares, and it shows.
Communion is the date night of the soul.
communion you look back on the relationship, cherishing the memories
of what has gone before. On Christ’s part, you see the blood and
body shed and broken for you.
communion you meet in the present, in love, strengthening the “now”
in your relationship with Christ. You do this because he commanded
it, and those who love him obey his commandments.
communion you look forward to the future of the relationship — the
resurrection of the dead at his return.
do this trivially or as just a matter of routine. Rather, examine
yourself, prepare yourself and then come to your Lord’s table to
renew your love for him.