“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” – Theodore Hesburgh
”ONE Sun is splendid: six Suns would be only vulgar. One Tower of Giotto is sublime: a row of Towers of Giotto would be only like a row of white posts. The poetry of art is in beholding the single tower; the poetry of nature, in seeing the single tree; the poetry of love, in following the single woman; the poetry of religion, in worshipping the single star.”
~GK Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
Both of these quotes have shown up in Facebook friends’ status updates recently and served to give a nice word picture to thoughts I’ve been having.
Our newly adopted son, DJ, began drawing pictures of my husband and I after just a few months of living here. DJ came from an extremely broken background and had never seen an example of a faithful, loving marriage. He was taken with us, as evidenced by his many drawings of us surrounded by hearts and holding hands.
I take pure delight in knowing our stable marriage can affect his heart, especially since I have not been the most stable mother since his arrival. (Anyone who has adopted an older “hurt” child will understand how bringing a severely dysfunctional child into the home seems to bring out the worst in everyone!).
God is so good, not only to bless me with a sacrifical, faithful husband and the joy and rest that come along with having such a husband, but he uses that gift to reach this little boy in ways I didn’t even forsee as being important!
My husband has taught me so much about Christ through the years. Not only in his sacrificial love for me, his warrior-like attitude in being faithful to me, but also through seeing God’s grace in his sin and repentance.