I have to say it’s not an issue I ponder regularly, or as a matter of course, but unplanned life events have their way of sneaking up and pressing into stark reality things you've forgotten, seen as less important, or often simply chosen to just let go. Having shared this with a couple of married friends, they believed it to be an important area of relationship we all need to hear, consider & reflect on.
And suddenly, there it was...
I desperately hoped my cheerful response graciously concealed my unexpected surprise…my sudden sense of awkwardness…the imposed self-consciousness the moment had evoked.
And if they don't, what might the social/emotional/relational (& spiritual) implications be for individuals and the Church? For one group, the relational-social realm will only continue to expand, grow, and bring ever increasing richness and opportunity. For the other, ever increasing relational contraction and potential social isolation.