Responding as a Couple to World Tragedy

Etienne Laurent, EPA

Etienne Laurent, EPA

With the recent attacks in Paris many of us watched with horror as the toll of victims continued to rise. Stories emerged of bravery, fear, and desperate measures taken for protection. Nations are now on heightened alert. Militaries and police have increased their vigilance at home and abroad.

Tragedies impact our lives and thus they impact our marriage. If we try to suppress their effect on us it can decrease our sensitivity to painful events in our own lives. If we obsess on world tragedies, we can become overwhelmed with sadness and fear.

As a Christian couple, how do we process tragic world events? Here are a few things to consider:

How to Connect Regularly in Marriage

Brad & Heidi on a recent getaway

Brad & Heidi on a recent getaway

Last week we were able to get away for a few days on a vacation. It wasn’t long, but it was refreshing individually and maritally. Throughout our marriage we have worked hard to inject time alone into the rhythm of our relationship.

Are you two feeling disconnected? Are life’s responsibilities crowding out the time to be together that you desire? Then it’s time to re-evaluate how you’re living life and place a high priority on how you build your marriage.

In the Bible, the Gospel of Mark describes a season of intensive ministry for the disciples. The needs and demands of people were huge “because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat….” (Mark 6:31a)

That’s not unlike how life can be for us today, is it?