Best Friend or Faithful Foe?

“Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter; whoever finds one finds a treasure.” (Sirach 6:14)

Lately, my husband and I have been exchanging the words, “You are my best friend!” It’s as if we are just starting to understand this after more than two years of marriage. We knew it in our minds, but now we are learning it in our hearts.

Marital friendship is a beautiful blessing. It goes back to Genesis when none of the animals proved to be suited for the man, so the Lord made a woman and brought her to him. Adam rejoiced, exclaiming, “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh / This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” The biblical text continues, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body” (Gen 2:23-24).

Friendship comes naturally in marriage because of the closeness and oneness, but it must not be taken for granted but rather tended to and protected. Sometimes the routine of everyday life and the demands of work, children and maintaining a home can leave a husband and wife feeling like cohabitators living on parallel tracks instead of the same track.

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