“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C.S. Lewis

Yesterday, he:
  1. Went to work, just like every other day, and tried to make a difference in someone’s life–if in no other way than to relieve suffering.
  2. With great interest and love, made sure that our girls know that their daddy is on their side, that he is their biggest fan, their protector and their provider.
  3. Came home early, gave out smooches and hugs galore, read most of the afternoon from Paradise Lost by Milton and commenced to draw parallels between C.S. Lewis, George McDonald and John Milton.
  4. Discussed Issues like this and this and lamented the large gaps in our education.
  5. Decided to take us to dinner out and then to our churches’ third Advent service.

And walking out from church, that’s when I felt the weight of it—-a glimpse of true joy, of complete contentment, a transcendent and yet very physical reassurance that this moment is a foreshadowing of the fullness we have in Christ. And this man, this husband and father is a picture of Christ—the very means God uses to nurture wives and children. A tangible, wonderful taste of what Christ ultimately gives us in Himself.

I receive it all with gratitude, take mental note of how handsome he looks in the white shirt (and the well- fitting jeans) and close my eyes to bask in the light.

29 comments on “The Bridegroom”

  1. How very fun this morning to read…. and I am so with you… jeans and a white button down… my favorite for men to wear! 🙂 Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thursday! xoxo- Darby

  2. Like what your husband is reading, and you're right–all the beauty we enjoy now is just a foreshadow of what is to come…the beauty of which we can't even imagine! Have a wonderful Christmas. Always enjoy your blog.

  3. You are so sweet, beautiful words! It's nice to hear someone recognize what they have instead of what they don't! Have a wonderful Christmas.

  4. I recently found your blog and so enjoy reading it. You remind me of my internist, a sweet christian lady. When I was going through a bad time in my life, she not only treated me physically but asked if you could pray with me before I left her office. I will never forget her placing her hands on me and praying for my healing. You remind me of her. I love your tribute to your wonderful husband and children. We all should do that more often. Your blog is very encouraging to read. Thank you.

  5. What a wonderful post! Not sure I have ever commented here, although you are on my Google Reader.

    Before I got out of bed this morning I was praying, feeling a bit guilty that I was anticipating my husband's return almost more than I was anticipating Christmas.

    He has been in NC for 5(will be 6 by the time he comes home) weeks. We're in the midst of a move.

    This Christmas for us is about the simplicity of being together, the whole family, before we will move apart for good. Gone is the importance of the trappings, as we are living in our home surrounded by moving boxes and stacked up furniture.

    Thanks for this post, for the picture it paints, and the direction my thoughts and quiet time with God will take because of it.

    And a very blessed Christmas to you and your sweet and beautiful family.


  7. I was just thinking the same things last night…in fact I almost "tweeted" "Have I said today what a wonderful man I have?"…(seriously he made my coffee and ran out to get milk this morning all before going to work and all before I even woke up!) I may just do that today!

    My husband takes such good care of me and our children (in so many ways) and I sometimes don't stop to see it…but lately I too have been basking in it…taking it all in…and feeling the love! 🙂

  8. What a beautiful post! And what a wonderful husband. I'm SO thankful I have one too. I am so grateful for him because I know FIRST hand what it is like to have a "not so wonderful" husband! 😉 My children and I are very blessed with my husband and their daddy!

  9. You are so wonderfully blessed. I pray that God may bring me a man like Him someday. You Lucky Lucky woman your earthly bridegroom has truly found you!

  10. Hey Edie…feel all warm and fuzzy now, what a gorgeous post!

    Merry Christmas to you and your delightful family! It's been lovely to get to know you through your inspirational writing's and I thank you for your open heart!


    Sarah from Victoria, Australia! Just put that, you might forget who I am with like over 700 followers! xxx

  11. Sounds like your husbands day job must be a lot like my husband's day job. Is he a physician, too?

    What beautiful parallels you draw!

  12. so beautiful, edie. does he read your blog? he's a doll, and you are blessed {and so is he!}

    all that after dance class??! 😉

  13. Don't you just love an intellectual man?! I love your blog and am a new reader. I have loved reading about your calling to homeschool. You do it well and defy all stereotypes! Now, I'm inspired to homeschool(working in the public school system helps too!). Thanks for daily inspiration and creativity!


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