I’m speaking broadly here–not specifically about marriage or romance, which is what immediately pops to my mind when i hear (or read) the word “relationship”–just any level of intimacy with another person, or even with some animals, I’d argue, but that’s another discussion. The truth which dawned on me today, at a totally unremarkable moment, is that though I may wish and hope and even pray for a relationship to be what it once was, once a relationship is changed, it is never the same again. Now that I’ve written it, it looks like a simple redundancy. Duh–once something is changed, it is never the same again.
I’ve been mourning changed relationships. Ones that used to be close, and i’m not sure why they’re not close anymore–phone calls just stopped being answered one month, and then invitations for dinner were demurred, and now the “relationship” is reduced to (probably one-sided) facebook stalking. Others ruptured somewhat dramatically, over life choices, and for whatever reason, haven’t recovered. I keep praying and hoping and wishing and plotting for a recovery. Today I realized that though “recovery” in the medical sense might be possible (because medically, no matter what happens to you, you’re never quite the same again–heart surgery, serious illness, whatever–your body has scars and adjustments), but a restoration isn’t ever possible, at least this side of Glory (right. “this side of Glory”, whatever that means–also for another post).
A changed, ruptured, cooled relationship can of course come to a new “better” or at least “different” place, but hoping to get back what has been lost is just sentencing oneself to disappointment.
Therefore. let us hope & pray for restoration in Christ, and hope & pray for recovery and renovation in our hearts & relationships.