I John 3:18

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Monday, June 1, 2009

"Daddy, you have the longest, most magnificent arms ever!"
That is what my handsome lil' son exclaimed proudly to his Daddy today. He has no idea how right he is. You see, I FULLY agree. For more reasons than one. Lately, for many reasons, marriage has been at the forefront of my mind. I've seen a lot, watched loved friends go through a lot of hurt in their marriages, my Biffuh got married two months ago, another close friend of ours is getting married next month, and sadly, I watched my Daddy lose his best friend, his lover, not even a year and a half ago. Lately, we've had the honour to talk with a couple of our dear friends who are marrying one another this weekend. Also, my giant husband and I will be celebrating six amazing years of marriage this month. So you see, marriage keeps coming up.
I say all that to say this; life can carry a lot of hurt. So much that it is IMPOSSIBLE to carry alone. We are called, children of God, to bear one another's burdens. We read in the New Testament to rejoice with those who are rejoicing and weep with those who are mourning. If there has ever been a husband that does this very thing, I can say without hesitation it is my wonderful husband. He has watched me go from this bubbly, super-excited, not able to stand still, smiling all the time woman to what seems to be a little girl of ten again.....carrying burdens that I haven't chosen to carry, yet they've been placed in my life for reasons I'll never know. Everyone, I'm sure, can understand burdens like this. And those arms of his, those loving arms have been the ones that have held me up when I didn't have my own two feet to stand on. The comfort he has shown me, and I'm sure will continue to show me because we all know grief comes in spurts throughout life, has been beyond what words can describe. I can honestly say I don't know where I'd be today if I didn't have him to lean on through what I've lived through over the past year and a half. Marriage. It can be so wonderful. I am so thankful for this man, who gives me heavenly glimpses, for lack of a less-cheesier term, of my Lord.
My love, my best friend, the one who has been so comforting to me.....you DO have "the longest, most magnificent arms ever." I need those arms.