Tears of Gratitude

Life is beautiful if you can make the time to observe the beauty, abundance, and love. When you make time to see the things you can be grateful for, you will start to see more things to be grateful for. Last Saturday, I attended a wedding and it was perfect. Seeing the beauty of all the love between not only the couple, but also their parents was life affirming. Not to mention the venue, music, decor, food and general splendor of the event was amazing. Seeing their wedding made me think of my own. I truly believe in abundance, because their wedding was perfect for them and our wedding was perfect for us. Everyone is so unique and when everyone goes after what they truly want, there is enough for everyone. Something different suits everyone. I loved seeing the beautiful expression and celebration of their love.

Speaking of love, this week my husband has had to replace the drywall behind the toilet in our main bathroom. What was supposed to be a simple sanding job so we could paint it became much more. The bathroom was so close to being done, I asked him to work on it before the baby came. We had wondered why they sold us the house with a nearly done project. It was hardly visible so it was no big deal at the time. As Nathan went to gently sand the wall, pieces of drywall started to come off. Nathan pulled me into the bathroom to show me the discovery. I agreed that with how easy it was coming apart the drywall would need to be replaced and we should investigate to make sure everything was alright. Nathan was beyond apologetic. He didn’t want to get into a project like this with me being 38 weeks pregnant. I told him “It is what it is” and I would rather he had to do it now than after our baby arrives. I had been the one to ask him to work on it, I could hardly be upset with what he discovered. After taking down a good section of the wall, Nathan discovered the plumbing was fine. We can only conclude the previous occupants’ children must have taken showers with the curtain in the wrong place and softened the drywall next to the shower.

Since everything still needs to be painted, this morning I went over to my mother’s house to take a quick shower. When I came back home, my husband was still sleeping soundly. I snuggled up next to him, placing my hand over his heart, and I prayed a prayer of gratitude. I thought about the speech I gave at our wedding where I told everyone that Nathan best reflects the love of God for me. Before we were married, we were required to see a deacon for pre-martial counseling. One of the deacons told of us to think of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. When we read that verse to say one of our names instead of saying “love” to see if we are truly acting in a loving way.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New International Version (NIV)

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

This morning as I snuggled up to my sleeping husband, I know that he is loving. Tears of gratitude ran down my cheeks as I thanked God for such a wonderful husband. This verse is definitely something to remember and a good measuring stick for all of us in every relationship. We may not always measure up to this ideal, but it is worth the attempt. How do you see yourself when you look at this verse?

Eva Borho, M.A., L.M.T., Intuitive Author, Spiritual Teacher, Holy Fire Reiki Master

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