Geri and I have been praying this prayer each day for our marriage as it articulates our vision as we enter into 2014. If you are married, pray it for your marriage several times a day. And if you are single, pray it for the marriages in your church. It is a prayer filled with a rich theology that the sexual love between a man and woman is the closest thing we have to the intimacy of the Trinity and the passionate life-giving desire God has for each of us.
(This is adapted from a pamphlet distributed by the Pastoral and Matrimonial Renewal Center.)
Lord, grant us the strength to answer your call
to become a living sign of your love.
Make our love for each other like your love for us:
passionate, permanent, intimate, unconditional,
and life giving.
May we be as present to each other as you are to us,
so that all the world can see your presence
manifested in our tender love for one another.
Help us stay close to you in the Body of Christ and
continue to nourish our love with your love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen