By Andy Hale
We’ve officially been under the various degrees of pandemic mandates for over a year.
My wife and I were flying home from DC when everything began to shut down. We had just wrapped up CBF’s Advocacy in Action conference.
Many strains were felt from this pandemic, from dramatic changes to work to kids learning from home, job loss, sickness, death of loved ones, and general upheaval of normalcy. However, one of the types of relationships that have faced the most anxiety is marriages.
It is understandable, considering most spouses have spent more time together than they usually would as many transitioned to working from home. Then, when you add in the extra stressors of caring for kids, aging parents, economic changes, and so forth, it is no wonder that many marriages have faced an unprecedented challenge, with many coming to a breaking point.
“Walking through our version of an impossible marriage has taught us something: We, the church, often do not know how to wisely advise each other when it comes to marriage, period,” said Laurie and Matt Krieg on the CBF Podcast.
The Krieg’s are coauthors of An Impossible Marriage. Matt also serves as a licensed professional therapist while Laurie hosts The Hole in My Heart podcast.
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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy