People in Pain

The Third Strand is God

My husband from time to time has impotency issues. This puts a strain on our relationship and in the past, before we had married and were just engaged, I had responded by being unfaithful. These extraneous relationships were a source of anxiety for me and a source of pain for my then fiancé. They destroyed the trust in our relationship.

After repeated unfaithfulness I decided that I couldn’t stand hurting our relationship any longer and decided to marry my fiancĂ© and strive to be faithful, come hell or high water. This was an act of faith in and of itself. When my husband entered another bout of impotency a few months ago I felt tempted to cheat. I began flirting with someone else, though I prayed that God would intervene and help me not to cheat.

I also kept praying a verse from Suffrages A in the Book of Common Prayer, Morning Prayer Rite I,

“make thy chosen people joyful”

in the hope that God would bring the joy back into our marriage.

After a week of praying God answered both of my prayers. The impotency bout subsided and the man with whom I had been flirting suddenly changed his mind and decided he wasn’t interested. This was a great blessing. Thanks to God, the third strand in our marriage, I was able to remain faithful to my marriage vow. It is clear that God has a vested interest in marriage.

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