Marriage ministry is weird. It’s not bad. In fact, it’s very good. Or perhaps “noble” is a better descriptor. Yeah, I think “noble” is better because marriage ministry’s goodness doesn’t trump it’s weirdness. So it’s sorta like “A for effort”, you know what I mean?
Why is marriage ministry so weird? Perhaps it’s that the couple who are “in ministry together” are unknown to us. All we see is this perfect, smiling, happy couple who are trying to tell us how we can be happy together even when things are at their worst. Sure, they tell us all the struggles they’ve experienced during their marriage, but all we see are two people who look at each other adoringly and speak one another’s “love language” (mine happens to be “words of affirmation”).
The best marriage ministry I’ve ever experienced is my parents’ relationship. They have a pretty awesome ministry. Of course, I don’t think they have any idea they are “ministering” which is probably why it’s been so effective.
On another note, when do we get the Christian alternative to “50 Shades of Grey”? I’m positive that someone is working on this as we speak, and I’m on the edge of my seat in anticipation. Will it be a novel? Will it be a four-week devotional? Will it be a well-produced-yet-horribly-acted movie with optional small group study guides and sermon helps? We’ll have to wait and see . . .