Exactly one year ago today my mother walked out on my dad after 23 years of marriage. If you would have known anything about my parents you would have never imagined my mother leaving. My mother was a professing Christian who always taught me how sacred the vow of marriage is. Because of what my mother did my view of marriage had been changed. Somehow I had gotten to this place where I thought all marriages would soon fail no matter how hard you tried, because eventually someone would decide that being married and taking a vow wasn’t really worth it. I found myself at a place where I was scared to really let myself trust someone because I thought one day they would leave just like my mother.
Coming to City of Refuge has been an eye-opening and heart-changing experience seeing young married people who love each other, but more importantly love Jesus, has been an encouragement to me. Seeing those same people put their full trust in Jesus and each other makes me realize that not all marriages fail. If two people die daily to themselves and make Jesus the center of their marriage He will help them survive the good and the bad times. Marriage is a holy union of two sinful people who want Jesus to be the center of their lives. It’s about learning to live with each other and accept the flaws that you have while keeping Jesus in the center.
-Savannah, WWAM Student, Florida