Last week, Jake Roberson told us about Tim Tebow’s storybook engagement to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. This week, we have another high-profile engagement to make note of: Chris Pratt’s announcement that he’ll be tying the knot with Katherine Schwarzennegger.
Now, you might think that we’ve run out of things to blog about since we’re publishing our second “engagement story” in four days. But no worries: We still have plenty of other stuff to cover.
Still, Chris Pratt’s announcement is newsworthy stuff, too, albeit for different reasons than Tebow’s. While Tebow has been one of the most eligible bachelors in Christendom for some time now, Pratt’s story has taken some painful turns en route to this announcement.
The 39-year-old star of the Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchises was married to actress Anna Faris for nine years before they divorced last October. Writing for Fox News, Focus on the Family vice president of communications Paul Batura said of that event:
From where I sit, reconciliation is always the ideal and should be the first response to marital discord. Divorce is a personal tragedy. … [But] rather than brew in bitterness, Chris Pratt has chosen to recommit his life to God [following his divorce]. There are indications he has confessed and owned up to his part of his failed marriage, a key to healing and a fresh beginning.
Pratt, of course, has talked quite a lot about God and his faith over the last couple of years. And he did so again in announcing this engagement, saying via Instagram, “Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!”
Chris Pratt’s marital story hasn’t been a perfect one. No doubt he and Anna Faris grieved deeply as their own marriage deteriorated. (Faris, for her part, graciously responded to the news of her ex-husband’s engagement on Instagram: “I’m so happy for you both! Congratulations!”)
But as Batura notes, “As a person of faith, I am grateful that God is the great giver of second chances.” He also adds, “Second acts are some of life’s most glorious and wonderful turns. It was the late author F. Scott Fitzgerald who once poignantly wrote that we should, ‘Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.'”
Chris Pratt’s story reminds us that God does indeed offer us grace and second chances, a new opportunity every day to “live boldly in faith” with those we love.