Prayer #125: For Marriages During the Coronavirus Crisis
Earlier this month, an article in the New York Post appeared under this headline: "Divorce Filings Drop at COVID-19 Lockdown Mends Marriages." In the greater New York City area, which includes all five boroughs plus Westchester County and the most westerly Long Island counties, with courts closed, divorce fillings could not be filed from mid-March, with the advent of the COVID-19 outbreak, until May 25th, when they were allowed to be filed electronically. Many expected to then see an avalanche of filings, but in fact, the number of filings has been considerably lower. Over the period from May 25th to June 24th, 1,265 divorce papers were filed, compared with the 2,300 that are typically seen, a 45% decrease.
This is quite remarkable since it comes after a long time of COVID-19 lockdown, during which many predicted would put an increased strain on marriages and family dynamics. Many family attorneys in the greater New York City region reported that many of their clients who were preparing for divorce have changed their minds in the wake of the extended lockdown, citing the fact that in the midst of all of the hardship during the Coronavirus crisis, they have come to see marriage and family as much more important than they did previously. North Carolina is seeing a similar trend, though not as pronounced. Perhaps one of the main strains on marriages has not been that couples are together too much, but rather too little, and the COVID virus has given them more time together.
Of course, there are still, unfortunately, domestic situations during the COVID restrictions where there is verbal and physical abuse and danger, and we should not forget to pray for these households as well.
My thanks to NC Family Policy Council for highlighting this in their recent e-mail newsletter, and on which this was based.
We do thank God for this decrease in divorce filings in New York City and elsewhere. Pray that God would continue to repair marriages and that couples would be drawn to Christ as the center of their marriage. Pray too for domestic situations where, with tensions heightened by the COVID-19 outbreak, there is spousal abuse. Pray for God to protect spouses that are actively in danger.
Gen: 2:24: "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."