As we prepare for Easter, the most important Christian observance on the calendar, I thought we might ponder the brokenness of Christ, the sacrifice he offered, the redemptive power of forgiveness, and the resurrecting power of love — I thought we might consider the parallels of Christ’s activities during the passion week — to marriage.

Today, I’d like to share an article I wrote for (in)courage, the Dayspring community for Hallmark, entitled The Weeping of the Evergreen.

Consider the value in brokenness, the willing laying down of self-will in obedience to the law of love, the drinking of the cup of suffering in exchange for the glory of redemption. Consider how beautiful that is. Consider how we celebrate that beauty even through the suffering.

It’s the principle of Won Without Words, following the clue of In The Same Way. . .

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. I Peter 3:1-2

You can read that article, The Weeping of the Evergreen, by clicking here. You might think I’m on the wrong holiday! But, join us as we go from Christmas to Easter in just a few days!!

More to ponder:

  1. Do you look with awe on the beautiful Savior, beaten, broken, bruised for your redemption? Is there not beauty in our brokenness, when it is offered in love and faith, upon the altar of sacrifice as a fragrance to our Lord?
  2. Let’s take our brokenness to the foot of the cross this week, and celebrate the beauty of the body that was broken for us, for our redemption and deliverance. Breathe in the fragrance of healing and redemption!
  3. Are you facing brokenness in your marriage? Identify with the suffering of our Lord. He is there with you. He is moved with compassion at your tears.

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