Someone to walk with as long as you can together, to build a life with. Who sees you at your worst and has vowed to stick around, and encourages you to your best. The ring sealed the vows you made before God and Man, a sacrament of an institution bigger than your best intentions. Because the happily ever after is indeed a fairy tale and you will fail one another miserably. Boundaries in oneness, a mystery.
I grew my son inside my body; the air I breathed and the nourishment I took in were his very life. I died to give him birth. The blood, the impossible pain, all of it just the beginning of the everything I have given my child. No one loves him more.
The Life in the Womb
It’s mind-boggling: a baby is born ready to learn, with 100 billion nerve cells (my son probably has a little more because, according to my husband, the wife-who’s-gotten-dumber-since-giving-birth gave some to Tennyson when he was still inside). That many neurons – about the number of stars in the Milky Way – in just nine months. A unique person who hears, feels, grasps, kicks and stretches, hidden in the bloom of a woman. Just how do you go from nothingness to completeness?
Years ago I read somewhere that even loose affiliations serve to mark our place in the world, give us a sense of belonging. But friends are precious, aren’t they? Who am I that people would take pause from their concerns to ask how I am, to pray for me or prepare a gift? There is no pretense between friends. Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away. George Eliot
You need a relationship to be able to kiss someone but you can’t have a kiss without a relationship. Which is what made Judas’ betrayal of his Lord so twisted. Judas well could’ve just led the Romans to Him, “Here’s your man.” But Judas chose to plant the kiss, make a mockery of the years he had dined with, talked with, laughed with his Teacher and Friend.
38 thoughts on “20 Things I Consider Sacred: Part 1”
Aaah phases. Great read… 🙂
Not sure I understand the phases part. Oh, unless you meant phrases. Thank you.
I precisely meant phases. The phases of life being a mother, being married, the life in the womb 🙂
I saw that. Those thoughts just made me hearken back to this post (generally), as it speaks of marriage and motherhood. Blessings.
excellent post! where is part 2?
Just keep on in the chronology. =) Thank you.
In case you haven’t gotten to them:
This is beautifully written becoming a mother through having my son has been the most magical thing ever. I’ve experience motherhood, the kiss, and relationships. I’ve yet too experience marriage but i can only imagine the extreme of emotions and the deep sense of love. amazing!!
Thank you for your thoughts and the warm support. Growing a human being…blows my mind.
This is the word I am looking for ….”blows my mind”….yes yes, growing a human being is not an easy job!
Hi…did you find the rest of the series?
oh yes, so true. i wonder what is the rest in the list… waiting to see.
Beautiful. .. loved part about friends as well as mothering
Thank you for the clear feedback. Blessings. =)
such beautiful thought about mothering and kiss:) Potent with words. keep faith and let the light be. Good day:)
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback. Blessings.
I’m not a mother yet, but I know being a mother is 24-hour job. No breaks. No turning back. It’s the toughest job in the world! It is not even a job, it is a responsibility and a gift that God had given to ladies. To all moms out there, I am all proud of you! 🙂 -AE
A big thanks – for taking the time to read and provide the feedback. Blessings.
Thank you for reaching out to my blog. You have a beautiful way with words. Don’t stop writing.
Thanks for the encouragement. I felt you, mom to mom. =)
Thank you so much for your comments and for sharing this post with me. I’m grateful that this is one of the ministries God has given me. I’m thankful that I can use words to present The Word.
Your ministry will have impact because you write in the spirit of the Living Word.
I hope you get to the recent post The Question of Human Suffering. It’s on the home page. Thanks for your time. Blessings.
Great read enjoyed it
Thanks for the props and for reading.
Happily ever after is a fairy tale…so true.
A lot of things are fairy tales. Thank you for reading.
Really enjoyed reading this..!
Thank you for the follow, the support. Blessings.
REally enjoyed this post. Good job!
Really, I feel honored coming from you. Thank you for the likes and the follow. Your support means a lot. I do my best to keep up with my readers – have been under it. About to present my other blog….Blessings.
I enjoyed this.
I enjoyed my visit, too, Ian. I appreciate the hearty support. Diana
Yes Diana …the words are absolutely to the spot…if you have read Gilbert’s a skeptic makes peace with marriage…words reverberates with the premise. And on motherhood….I don’t want to trade anything in this world not one dime more or less…that’s the fulfilment it has bestowed on me amidst all twists and turns. You have put it perfectly
Not only your son – but your husband – is so blessed to have you. =)
Love this. And yes, happy ever after is a fairy tale, but thanks to grace, love forever is not.
This is a nice warm place to be today, thank-you for having me. It was a lovely post.