Weekend Thought: Advice for relationships

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A man goes to see his vicar and says: “Something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it.” The vicar asks: “What’s wrong?”

The man replies: “My wife is going to poison me.” The vicar, surprised by this, asks: “How can that be?”. The man then pleads: “I’m telling you, I’m certain she’s going to poison me. What should I do?” The vicar thinks for a minute and then offers: “Tell you what, let me talk to her. I’ll see what I can find out and I’ll let you know.”

A week later the vicar calls the man. He says: “I spoke to your wife on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?’ The man says ‘yes’ and the vicar replies: “Take the poison.”

Relationships can sometimes be difficult. We all have different temperaments and there will be clashes. It may be prudent not to get involved in heated arguments but just to walk away. There will be times in life when you just have to bite your lip rather than respond to a situation. Some good advice is never to respond immediately to a difficult communication or email. Sleep on it and deal with it in the calm light of day. You’ll be able to think more clearly and positively.

We must remember too that there is also the power of prayer to deal with difficult problems and situations. Jesus is always there to listen and to guide us in our lives giving his love, care and peace. A lovely hymn expresses this well. ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.’