"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Better Together—Love and Marriage and More

By Micky Wolf

(Note: My thanks and gratitude to those readers of this blog who have inquired about my health in recent weeks, offering prayers and words of encouragement. After a lengthy process, I am now on the mend, recovering from surgery, and gradually resuming my usual activities. It is good to be returning to writing and ‘normal’ life. Peace and blessings to all of you.)

Truth be told, some things—and people—appear to function well as a singular unit.

A comfy, plush, pullover sweater. A fresh, shiny apple. A speaker at the podium. An individual working at a desk.

Then there’s the whole single-person reality. The never married. The divorced. The widowed. The only child. Forging their way on their own, we observe. No significant other to help them get from day-to-day. They’re not part of a “together”, we reason.

It is true that as entities, people and things are definable. Our Creator God gives us substance. Edges. A clear and recognizable shape, design, and specific form. In that sense we are singular and unique.

But what happens when we take a closer look?

The sweater merely occupies space on a shelf if there’s no one to wear it.

The apple risks spoiling if there’s no one to savor its tasty nourishment.

The speaker at the podium delivers information or inspiration to an empty room unless there are those present to hear and receive what is shared.

The person at the desk, deep in study or concentration, may strive in vain without resources or tools to create something beautiful or solve a problem.

Whether it’s as simple as a glass of water with ice—or something as complex and mysterious as faith and trust in our Triune God—it may serve us well to remember that more often than not together is better, adding value and substance to the greater whole.

Time for my afternoon cup of tea.

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