Now I must admit I kept my eyes open so I was able to notice something during that time of prayer. There was an ocassional squeeze of hands between the two of them during the prayer. A slight pressure, almost unnoticeable, but I saw it! And I sensed the closeness between them as they stood hand in hand before God, thanking God for their time together!
The reason I noticed those things was because Betty and I do the same thing. We began our 48th year of marriage that past June. When we hold hands, we usually squeeze one another's hand. Doing so sends us each a message that, at times, can be a summary of our lives together. All those years of joy & love, sorrow & death, passion & birth, frustration & friendship. All the feelings of lives lived and shared with another person. From the shared purchase of wedding rings to signing up for Medicare and everything in between!
There is a mysterious quality about the touch of someone you have been in an intimate relationship with most of your adult life. A relationship that has grown and blossomed all those years ago cannot be easily put into words. It seems to take on a life of it's own reaching a point where you can almost read another person's mind with just a glance. Like I say: mysterious!
And that can be the way it is in our relationship with God. The realization that there is an entity who must be taken into account when decisions are to be made. A power that loves you for yourself; just because you are who you are! And if that love is returned by you, the mysterious strength that is developed causes the relationship to grow; to mature; to become even more meaningful in your life!
When it comes to mysteries though many questions begin to arise. How did this relationship begin? Why did God choose me to be iin relationship on such an intimate level? Will it last? What does God want from me? Can I give that much of myself without feeling diminished? How deep can this relationship with God go?
God knows the answers to these questions and ALL others as well. So trust in God and have faith in the ever-loving mysterious power of God's love. Take what you read, hear, feel and see; internalize it and put it to work. Then watch what comes out of the relationship! Like a good marriage, one plus one equals much, much more than two! And it is eternal!
In the service of Christ,