My husband is giving me a huge treat right now. He got off of work a bit early. I cooked, and we ate dinner. Now he is doing the dishes and helping the kids with homework. He told me, “Go do whatever you would like to do to relax.” What an awesome gift! I get to write in peace (for however long it lasts.)
My dear husband has never been very good at choosing gifts to delight me, but he has been wonderful in that he is truly my partner. We share all of the responsibilities. He has always changed diapers, helped with dishes, did laundry, assisted with homework – all without complaining. As a working individual myself, his “roll up your sleeves and pitch in” attitude is worth more than any diamond bracelet or expensive gift that he could give me.
I also love that I can count on him for prayers. If I’m having a difficult day, or have stumbled upon some problem, I can always call, text, or email him, and he prays for me right away. What a blessing to have a partner with this level of faith, loyalty, commitment and love.
Off subject – Today was not one of those days where my enthusiasm flowed from within my being naturally – it was a bit of a challenge, as I had to muster it up! By the end of the day, I was literally dragging, and my feet hurt badly. Since my thoughtful husband called and volunteered to pick up our daughter from high school, this gave me a bit of free time I was not expecting. I went to the shoe store, and tried on about twenty pair of shoes searching for the set that would be dressy enough for work and yet remain absolutely comfortable – and cushiony.
I got to thinking about the gospel readings as of late. Jesus did lots and lots of walking from town to town healing people. Men and women in His day wore leather sandals, similar to the flat ones I had on myself today. I could not fathom having to walk several miles in them. My “dogs were barking” from minimal walking and standing this warm and wonderful Tuesday! How refreshing it must have been for Jesus to have his feet perfumed by Mary. How good it must have felt for the apostles to have their dusty feet bathed by Jesus.
My husband was truly Jesus’ eyes and ears and hands and feet for me today! I am so thankful!