Every time my wife and I go out to eat at a restaurant, we usually have to wait for a while. As we reserve our table the host invariably asks us the same question:

                “How many are in your party (or group)?”

                To which we usually reply:

                “It’s just the two of us.”

                Today, I realized for the very first time, that we have been wrong all along. The next time we reserve a table, I will ask for a table for three.

                Our marriage has lasted this long (almost 40 years) because it is the union of three persons: My wife, myself and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him, we wouldn’t have lasted more than a month. Our marriage is strong because of His power and love and grace and peace and wisdom and blessings and…well, you get the picture!

                Wherever you are in this world, you are never alone, even if you are by yourself. This applies only to the followers of Christ, because as the word implies we are following Him who lives in our hearts (Galatians 2:20).

                Our Lord does not only live in us, but He has also promised to remain in us:

                “I am with your always even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

                Jesus lives in us and remains in us forever for He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

                What a comfort (and fright) it is to know that we are never alone. Jesus is there when we are sad, worried, sick or in pain. His rod and staff comfort us and He leads us to still waters of peace and joy (Psalm 23).

                Jesus is always there. He is there in the good and in the bad times; in our weakness and in our strength; in our sadness or in our joy. He is there to comfort and to lead us, but He is also there to prevent us from falling into temptation and sin (I Cor. 10:13) and to prune us (John 15) or even to discipline us (Hebrews 12).

                Remember, you are never alone and if you are married, you are one flesh with your spouse and both of you are one heart with Jesus. Do not ever forget to include Him in all your dreams, goals, plans and activities...even when you eat at a restaurant.

               A. G.

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