988. May 2: Many religions have times of fasting (Christians-Lent, Jews-Yom Kippur, Hindus-Navratis). Perhaps less known is that May 2 is Eid al Fitre, the day that Muslims break their Ramadan fast. Whether or not you are religious, fasting can awaken your appreciation for food. Today awaken your affection for your beloved. Maybe have a special “break-fast” together.
989. May 9: This year Mother’s Day and Good Shepherd Sunday both fall on May 8. So, what do sheep and mothers have to do with marriage? Perhaps it’s about taking care of another. Of course, neither of you are sheep or a child, but seek out a fun way to care for your beloved today.
990. May 16: “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (John 13:34) Easy to say. Hard to do. Remember that Jesus’ love for humanity brought him to the crucifixion. Ponder what each of you might sacrifice for the other this week.
991. May 23: Natural or national disasters can bring out the best in humanity as we rally to help those in need. A marriage crisis can also prompt a couple to sacrifice for each other or honestly deal with a recurring problem. Don’t wait for a disaster, however, to test your love. Prevention is better.
992. May 30: Does your spouse ever “go nuclear” on you, i.e. suddenly blow up over nothing? Although there’s no excuse for abuse, sometimes it helps to note what triggered the explosion: Remember. Defuse the trigger. Substitute a better response.
*Marriage Moments go out to individuals on Mondays. For Sunday bulletins use the Sunday immediately before the above date.