for my mama…
Every year on Mother’s Day I remember how grateful I am for my mama. But this year I happen to be doing a lot of reading about marriage and I have to say that what I am most grateful for about my mom today is her undying commitment to my daddy.
Recently I reread this quote from an old book by Walter Wangerin Jr. (As For Me and My House) on marriage about the marriage promise:
Here is a marvelous work, performed by those who are made in the image of God–for we create, in this promise, a new thing, a changeless stability in an ever-changing world. We do the thing that God does, establishing a covenant with another human being: we ask faith in our faithfulness to that covenant. We transfigure the relationship thereafter, transfiguring ourselves, for we shape our behaviors by that covenant. We have called forth a spiritual house in which each of us may dwell securely. Whether we know it or not, is a divine thing we do, and it is holy.
My parents have called forth a spiritual house in which many have dwelt securely.
And in the four decades of their being transfigured by this covenant, they have built a haven from which Anna, Peter and I started our own marriage journeys. Our home was not perfect, but it was a stability in an ever-changing world.
This year more than ever, I believe that it is out of this place of sacred promise that my mother has set before me that I am (with Taido) calling forth my own secure house.
It is a divine thing we do.
Happy Mother’s Day!