In my pastoral experience, this is one of the primary contributors to the demise of many marriages. When a couple is at their wedding, exchanging vows, they aren’t thinking about falling out of love – or doing most of life separately – or wondering when the relationship will end. Instead, their focus is given to the honeymoon, beginning a life together and fulfilling plans and visions for the future.
Sadly, though, life can eventually get in the way. Responsibilities and routines demand time and attention. The hours, even the minutes of the day seem to get more full of activity as the family, the house, the yard all get bigger. The abundance of energy present at the wedding soon gets distributed many unexpected places. Eventually one or the other or both of them subtly start caring-less. It is not usually malicious or intentional; but suddenly they are taking each other for granted and find themselves “living together, separately.” And at some point, many of these folks just choose to actually live separately.
Their “first love” was simply misplaced due to caring-lessness.
Our relationship with Jesus has the potential to run a similar course. So this Sunday, as Pastor Dale begins our Christmas sermon series entitled Hope, he is going to help us understand how the size of our hope is directly tied to the vitality of our “first love.” And to help us stay connected to our “first love” we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.
In preparation for our time of study, let me encourage you to read the following verses:
- Jeremiah 2:1-8 – The Lord asks what He did wrong that His people lost their first love
- Revelation 2:2-5 – “You are doing a great job but…”
- Luke 21:14-20 – “Let Me give you a way to remember our first love”
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise!”
P.S. Adopt A Family gifts, wrapped and with ornament attached, must be delivered to the church by this Sunday, December 14 for distribution on Monday.
L3: Love God – Love Neighbor – Lead Others