By Joan Salmon
A UK-wide poll of 2,000 people at the start of Covid-19 lockdown found 23 per cent who said it was placing pressure on their relationship. This stress was seen globally. That said, there is hope that relationships will thrive in 2022
One of the things that stood out during the two years of the Covid-19 pandemic was the increasing number of divorces and separations globally. .Covid-19 lockdowns forced couples to finally really spend time with each other and get to know each other more than before. Unfortunately, many relationship did not make it. In 2022, many look back at the pain yet look forward with resilience to make their marriages better. Joan Salmon, had a chat with some couples who share the lessons from yesterday and the resolve of staying committed to each other.
Ezra and Victoria Kabali
As a newlywed couple, Ezra and Victoria were glad for the lockdown because it gave them the opportunity to know each other better. “Spending all this time at home, we were able to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We were also able to plan how we want to see our marriage grow and intentionally apply certain principles for our marriage to thrive. On top of that, we were able to learn to do things together such as watching movies, laundry, and washing dishes.
The cherry on the cake was the ability to pray and study the word of God together. Evenings and cool afternoons were also a blessing because we went for evening walks around our new home area,” Ezra shares.
Save the beautiful moments, the Kabalis experienced a major blow when Victoria miscarried during the second lockdown. “At that time, Victoria was expecting our baby but it was really challenging to access medical care hence losing our baby. It was extremely tough for us, more so my wife and she was understandably inconsolable. Thankfully, God’s grace pulled us through. We are also thankful for the great neighbours, pastors, and a great couple that had also gone through the same who kept encouraging and praying with us,” he shares.
Victoria is glad that after mourning, God blessed them with a bouncing baby girl, turning their tears into unending joy.
In 2022, the Kabalis plan to intentionally communicate more, love, forgive, be faithful and appreciate each other, every day. “We are committed to valuing one another as important team players on this journey if we are to make our marriage beautiful. Additionally, we are committing all our plans and our marriage to God, to start and end everything with Him,” they say. Click to read more…