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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Peek Inside the Parsonage

Every year when we put our Christmas tree up in the parsonage, my husband and I, together, hang the ornament that says, Our First Christmas, then we exchange a kiss.  It's a tradition that we've held all these 30 Christmases. 

This side of the ornament reads - "Christmas is the season for sharing the spirit of Love"
  However, last year Our ornament had a little fall onto the hardwood floor and broke.  ~Sadness~  We were able to glue it at the bottom (notice the crack in the bottom of the ornament in the  picture  above).  From that side it doesn't look too bad - just a little flaw.  But...

the other side had major damage that wouldn't hold together with glue.  Its ugly fix is a piece of scotch tape that's bridging the huge gap with the jagged edges.  There was NO WAY I was going to throw that piece of sentimentality in the trash!  We'd shared too many memories with that piece of glass!  The simple answer is to turn the taped side to the back of the tree!  Who will know?  (Only my sweet blog readers!)

I think our ornament is a pretty good representation of all marriages.  At times it looks great to all that behold it.  Oh, there may be a little crack somewhere, but that's to be expected.  After all - each spouse comes into that relationship with all kinds of extra baggage and it takes time and true love to work through those things.  But if you flipped that marriage over and gave it a closer inspection, you may see a huge hole due to some very hard crisis that has hit their home.  They could throw the whole thing in the trash and get a divorce, but they know that the Lord has put them together.  So now, with the "tape" of God's Word, His love forgiveness, and maybe also His servant that gave some godly counseling, they've stuck together.  There are scars, but those will be overlooked in time, both by one another and those that watched while they suffered through the hardship.

Every marriage has cracks, and though yours may seem to be bigger than another couples', stay in it for the long haul.  With the Lord's help get the "tape" necessary to keep your relationship secure.  Our marriage is no different than yours, it has cracks from falls over the years, but what a blessing that we can still "hang" together!

From inside the parsonage windows,


Whitney said...

that ornament also reminds me, as your daughter, how much you and dad love each other. Alli and I always stopped decorating and watched you two hang the ornament on the tree, stopping to kiss as you hung it.

thanks for the memories, and for the example that a happy (although not perfect) marriage is very possible.

Denise said...

It's a tradition you and Paul could pass along. =) Thanks for making me cry.

Melissa said...

What a beautiful illustration! Thanks for sharing, Mrs. C!