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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

This River of Life

There is a marriage prompt every Monday at The RunaMuck's, and this week was about being opposites.  This spoke to me. to my marriage.




Dear Jason,


They say that opposites attract. I hate it when I have to admit that cliches are true. These differences between us have grown us hard this season.  But, I see us now, stronger than we were.  We forced each other open to life a little bit more.  See, you will stare blankly at my love spoken in written form.  It will make you uncomfortable, and you will retreat and go build something.  But darling, I see your love written all over my life. I think maybe we aren't so much as opposites, as different parts of the same force.


Daddy got it right all those years ago when he described us as the babbling brook and the forged dam.  


My current is constantly flowing.  I am fluid with thoughts and actions.  I wear myself weary with the swirl of thoughts and emotions...that is, until I come and rest up along side you.


You remain steady {yes, sometimes stuck}, keeping your presence and self strong and dependable.  You aren't worried about reinventing yourself or others, you are happy with your place in the order of things.  


Some days my babbling drives you nuts, some days I want to break through your structure so you flow.


But both are needed, aren't they love?  One provides a sense of self, security, structure, the capability of carrying the weight of all that pressure on your back.  The other provides forward movement, carrying us along into the future, washing away the sins of the past.


Together we make this river of life sustain us, we submerge and are washed clean.




Come what may,
T

{linking too with the Just WriteTracy'sand Jennifer's communities also? new community for those of us that couldn't let Imperfect Prose go...}

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21 comments:

  1. Love is such a beautiful thing, isn't it. : ) Opposites are interesting for sure. I am glad you combine to make a perfect pair.

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  2. this is so lovely. Thank you for sharing it with Just Write.

    I love LOVE this: "I think maybe we aren't so much as opposites, as different parts of the same force."

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  3. "Until I come to a rest against you"
    Yes.
    Praying for softness in your next season!

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  4. I love this! beautiful truth. I love "I think maybe we aren't so much as opposites, as different parts of the same force."

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  5. Yes! Sounds just like my marriage. Such a good reminder and just what I needed.

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  6. Oh, I see you, too, think in metaphor.

    I love it so. Thank you for doing this with us. It's like when you reach for health, it helps me to be healthy, too.

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  7. Thank you so much for linking up...I too hate to admit when a cliche is true, especially in my own life. I want to break the mold, so to say...this was lovely. Thank you for sharing it with our brand new temporary meme!

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  8. What a beautiful post. I love the images: a babbling brook and a dam. Lovely.

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  9. Love all your imagery that paints a beautiful picture of the working out of a marriage between two different people who are the same in ways that invite union. Lovely!

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  10. Playful and reflective... I enjoy this. :)

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  11. I describe I was a kite and my husband a anchor attached to the kite...he kept me steady...i kept him moving ahead...we balanced each other...31 yrs of marriage...we so fly together now...

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  12. Love your metaphor...in our marriage, I would be like you, the brook, and my husband, would be the steady dam...

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  13. This is really ... just ... so ... good.

    I loved, loved this: "It will make you uncomfortable, and you will retreat and go build something."

    You are a dear. I'm loving what you share, and so glad we've connected.

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  14. Hi tara, this is beautiful! Make sure jason reads it! Isn't it wonderful when you see love written all over your life!? Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  15. beautiful, tara. i think you and i are very similar, with similar men in our lives :-) the loving is worth it, though, i believe.
    lovely letter. i wrote one, myself, this week, but didn't have the courage to post it. maybe i'll play along next week?
    steph

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  16. Hi Tara - my husband and I are opposites too. Sometimes it works so well and sometimes it drives us crazy. I think God must have an awesome sense of humour! Man, we must make Him laugh at our foolishness sometimes. Lovely post and thanks for linking up. I love seeing you there
    God bless
    Tracy

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  17. My current is constantly flowing. I am fluid with thoughts and actions. I wear myself weary with the swirl of thoughts and emotions...that is, until I come and rest up along side you.

    wow. this describes trent and i so perfectly. friend, i hope to meet you someday. :)

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  18. You have a beautiful "seeing" heart, friend.

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  19. "EQUIPOLLENT" MARRIAGES ARE THE BEST! THAT SOUNDS LIKE A STUFFY WORD BUT I THINK IT IS THE RIGHT ONE. I ALSO MARRIED MY COUNTERBALANCE AND IT HAS MADE FOR AN INTERESTING FOUR DECADES. THE MOST AMAZING ECOLOGY IS TO BE FOUND WHERE SALT WATER AND FRESH WATER MIX AND SUPPORT LIFE. BRAVO, GOD! HE MAKES RAPIDS AND LAKES! THIS WAS A SWEET BLOG. LIKE A SALTED CARAMEL.

    KAT

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  20. There's a book I read - spiritual gifts for couples by Don and Katie Fortune, that spend much time talking about how the gifts communicate with each other - and my husband and I are opposites like that - the brook and the solid dam. Growing up with my grandmother and mom - I saw that a man brought temperance to a woman, to a household - so that we keep healthy boundaries and grow upward.

    You describe relationship beautifully!

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