Focal passage: Ephesians 3:14-21
My husband is a morning person. The alarm goes off, and he’s up to pour his coffee and read his Bible while the house is quiet and the sun still sleeps. I, on the other hand, am not a morning person. In college, I would schedule classes later in the afternoon so I could study and write when my roommates were asleep or the library was nearly empty.
Even now, I tend to enjoy solo work best once everyone else has gone to bed. During the day, I’m entertaining my daughter and catching up on reports for work or laundry for home. But at night, everything is quiet. Some nights I’ll put in my headphones, light a candle and begin putting away toys or washing dishes. I love knowing that when my husband wakes up, it’ll be to a clean and calm environment. It’s an act of love that both helps me de-stress and helps make his morning easier.
There are just as many other nights, however, when I unapologetically crawl into bed early after a long day, leaving toys scattered around and dishes piled, and wake up to find my husband had thought of me and cleaned so I could enjoy a morning with no domestic to-do list.
In these quiet hours, we work to love and hold one another up in ways that aren’t always seen.
When we pray, as the body of Christ, we also work to love and hold one another up in ways that aren’t always seen. The quiet hours we spend communing with our Father and interceding for one another are sacred and necessary. They’re commanded and modeled in scripture.