Solidarity is a perfect word for marriage (even if we don’t hear it that often). The Value of Solidarity has all the aspects of what we see in a marriage; a connection while being unified in doing life together as husband and wife.

Solidarity – a bond of unity around a common goal; a union of interests or purposes.

I’m fascinated with pictures of couples holding hands. But it’s not just about their hands…

Holding hands is an outward sign of solidarity.

Rob and I have been holding hands since we were 15 & 17.  His hands are so familiar to me.  So precious.  I know every little dot and spot.  I know the feel and shape of his hands. It feels odd to walk beside him and not hold hands. Robert’s hands are always reaching out to me, offering acceptance and steadiness.

holding hands solidarity

Holding hands  – reaching out a hand – is more than a physical gesture.

When a couple holds hands, they’re defying the odds and declaring their unity. It’s a comfort, and a promise. Walking together and praying together – while holding hands – is a sign of connection to a common goal, and a promise to live your life together. It’s a signal of solidarity as you meet each challenge as one flesh.

hands high solidarity

Solidarity even in disagreement.  Do you and your spouse disagree? I’m guessing you’re like most of us, and don’t always see issues from the same vantage. Here’a suggestion for when you’re heading toward an argument: reach out to hold his/her hand.  It’s almost impossible to argue with any heat and hold hands at the same time! 😉

couple hands solidarity

We are “doing” life together. Holding hands is a symbol of that promise of solidarity we made. It was a promise to love each other till we are parted by death from our spouse. Remember when you were married… did you hold hands or did the minister place your hands together during the ceremony?

solidarity wedding hands


Are you still united in that spirit of Solidarity?

I’m putting these posts – “A to Z” Values – all under the FAMILY portion of this site. Why? Every one of these Values words will be a blessing to each spouse – but more than that… they’ll benefit your whole family!

Imagine if you and your spouse adopted the Value of Solidarity – what kind of impact will that have on your family? On your children? I’m guessing that your children and family will only benefit as they watch the two of you standing together – unified.

Hands Tell the Story of the Value of Solidarity in Marriage

This is part of an Instagram challenge for July 2016 – A to Z and a few numbers… ( check out our Instagram account) and it’s become a series of Values posts!  The posts in this series can be found on the PAGE – 27 Values to Enrich your Marriage  (BTW – If you’re reading this post before the end of July 2016, then the page isn’t complete… I’m still writing! 😉 )

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