One of the more hotly contested things one is likely to hear upon marrying outside one’s own faith is that two different religions cannot coexist in one household. “But how will you raise the children?”, is the hew the cry of those for whom how to worship God is a fixed idea. But millions of interfaith families are able to work this out without conflict and to use their shared belief in spirituality to enrich and fortify their relationships. Letting go and letting God in relationships.
Most of the major strains of religion in the world include a variety of sects, each with its own slight differentiation from the others. But at the root of them all is the need to humble oneself before a supreme being. The trappings of religious holidays are important traditions to observe and to pass down to one’s children, but they’re really secondary to the very idea of respecting that as human beings our fates aren’t entirely within our own power to dictate.
People who meet already believing in a higher power are more likely to put aside daily trivialities and to focus on the big picture. Couples in times of crisis can often better weather tragedy if both partners are able to tap into faith to keep cool heads. They are statistically less likely to divorce, more likely to believe in the power of clerical marriage counseling and their offspring, once raised in such a home, tend to have happier marriages as well.
When one can see the world in its totality and not just as a series of household mishaps it’s easier to laugh over spilt milk, realizing that such events are minutiae as compared to the vast universe. Spouses who pray together, even if they each call God by a different name, feel less alone and isolated and even when times are tough have a mutual place of refuge. When one accepts the enormity of God one’s ego tends to take up less space, and it’s often just ego that causes couples to regard each other as the enemy.
Additionally, most faiths have spiritual infrastructure to support troubled marriages. So whether your counselor of choice is a priest, a minister, a rabbi, an imam or some other religious officiate, chances are they bring to the table a deep understanding of the human condition. A couple in need of negotiation can approach the process knowing their spiritual guide shares their basic precepts, a fact that can cut through a lot of the resistance to secular marriage counseling.
So, it turns out the “letting go and letting God” can have benefits beyond just those experienced by the individual. Trusting in a higher power can temper the trusses we use to build relationships and make their foundations stronger than the everyday annoyances that seek to destroy them. “Letting go and letting God” elevates a relationship to where mere mortals cannot break it.
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