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My friend, may I ask you a question? After years of marriage, can familiarity breed contempt? Sometimes does the familiarity that comes with marriage can cause us to forget those overwhelming feelings of refreshment we felt so strongly when we were first married?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Fresh water; it’s one of the most taken for granted resources that you and I have been blessed with. When was the last time that you gave thanks for a cool glass of fresh water? Well, eat a big meal of spaghetti with a side dish of garlic bread and a tangy salad, and you might not take that glass of water for granted. My daughter made just such a meal recently and it was delicious. The garnishes and seasonings were just right and, I have to admit, I ate a little too much. She served a nice red wine with the meal to wash things down. It wasn’t long after we had given thanks, cleared the table and done the dishes before I began longing for something that my body just craved. I wanted to a glass of fresh, Beech Springs water. I’ve had thousands of drinks of our spring water over the last several decades. But, when the water follows a meal like this, there’s always something special about it coolness, freshness and satisfying quench. No matter how many times you drink it, you just have to say, “Boy, that was really good!” Almost like the first time you ever tasted it.

Here’s a story: There’s one couple I shall always remember from my days as a hospital admitting clerk. Katie Brown writes. The husband, a heart-attack victim, was immediately whisked away by the staff. Hours passed, though, before his wife was allowed to see him. She was dismayed to find him hooked up to elaborate machines that blipped, hissed and beeped. She tiptoed toward his bed and, bending over him, whispered, “George, I’m here.” Then she kissed him. Suddenly there was a blippety-blip-blip from the equipment. “He was okay,” she later explained. “But after forty-seven years of marriage it’s nice to know that I can still make his heart skip when I kiss him.” (Contributed by Katie Barnes.)

After years of marriage, familiarity can breed contempt. Sometimes the familiarity that comes with marriage can cause us to forget those overwhelming feelings of refreshment we felt so strongly when we were first married. Do you strive to refresh your spouse often? Perhaps tomorrow would be a good time to surprise your spouse with an unexpected gift, a special card or a surprise date. In a world where refreshment is often difficult to find, be a spring of refreshment for your spouse. Keep an irregular heartbeat in your marriage. There’s nothing more refreshing than a kiss that’s new every day.

We pray. “Our Father in Heaven, may Your name be holy among men. Let Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Give us our daily bread today. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from the evil one. For the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory our Yours; now and forever. Amen.” We bring this prayer to You O Father. May it be the foundation upon which all our love, all our devotion, our very lives are founded. In Jesus Name! Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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