I just love it when Tom pulls out the props. If you missed it, you’ll want to catch it on the podcast.

He saved the toughest topic for the last in this series on Forgiveness: forgiveness in marriage.Some marriages, he said, dance the round and round. It looks very much like what we did at prom. Slow, circling, awkward, perhaps with a limp. What we had planned looked very much morelike Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Synchronized, beautiful, perfectly timed, deftly executed. Pure joy in motion.

If you’re a married person where does your marriage fall on the spectrum from round and round to Fred and Ginger? Does it matter to God?

A few years back, Reverend Miner asked me a question I have never forgotten. It changed the trajectory of my life. She said, “Are you honoring God in your marriage?” I thought about this as we sang from the Chris Tomlin song, “It’s my joy to honor you. In all I do, I honor you.”

We’re awkward dancers here at Floris, trying to honor God in all we do. Most of us have stepped on a few toes, sometimes even suffered the occasional break. But, as Tom said in one of those great asides that you know is not part of his text, “If in church we can’t be broken people talking about brokenness, then we might as well go home.”

From what I can tell, there is nothing broken that God can’t fix.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” ~Colossians 3:12-15

Let the dancing commence!

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