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Easter reflection: Relationships that are livin' on a prayer

Ah, the romantic thrills of spending Easter together as a couple. Peeps, pastels, brunch and...church?

Just in time for Easter: The "church date" is often considered a romantic milestone. Go ahead and laugh, but there's something uniquely intimate about letting someone into your faith. In addition to the obvious spiritual element, the church date is often a way to introduce your significant other to some of the most important people in your life.

Two years ago, I wrote this Ledger-Enquirer Easter article about tips for navigating a church date. When I recently revisited the piece, it reminded me of happier times. Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato were still together, and I mentioned them in the article.

Anyway...in the article, Jonathan Acuff, creator of Stuff Christians Like, gave some good advice about church dates:

"It’s a stage, but it’s not the first stage," Acuff said. "Don’t do it if you feel like you’re jumping intimacy levels."

Like many couples, my boyfriend and I will attend church together on Easter. Our religious backgrounds aren't exactly the same, but they're close enough. That's been the case in most of my relationships. I've never faced the possibility of possibly changing faiths in the name of love.

But that's another blog post for another time. For this weekend, know there's likely some level of stress attached to every couple's first church date. If your significant other is visiting your place of worship for the first time, be kind during the experience.

After all, the technical things -- sitting, standing and kneeling at the right times -- really don't matter at the end of the day. It's about something bigger: faith in life...and ultimately, faith in love.

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