Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Master builder

Shortly before we were married, an elderly friend told my future husband and I a story of a custom practiced in his country long ago. Before a young man built his house, he would take his bride to the piece of land where their future home would be. He would have her stand in a sunny spot, and wherever her shadow fell, there he would break ground to lay the foundation. This way, his home would be built in the shadow of his beloved.

Under Your wings, we make our house. With trembling hands we build to last, and You are patient. Side by side, we three.

We are your house. Come in, my Host.





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24 comments:

Rayanne said...

beautiful post,and what a beautiful custom.
most of all, that husband and wife should be three!
You bless me, Jodi!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. love that bit about the man and his beloved...and how cool is that...that we might reside in the shadow of ours...

Nancy said...

...in the shadow of his beloved. Those are six beautiful words, my friend.

Misty said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, jodi! i love love love that thought of the beloved's shadow. and His shadow, too. perfect.
<3

deb said...

oh, how incredible.

I am so glad you shared this... I'll hold onto it forever.

-t- said...

:) all smiles & warmth... thank you :)

Bev said...

i love this jodi, so beautiful...

Val said...

Nice post ..love the sign :0)

Ostriches Look Funny said...

Awesome.
And, I know of which Veggie Tale you speak. Are you my neighbor? I believe.

Jodi said...

I am your neighbor :)

Jodi said...

I'm glad you all like the story this man told. I'm glad that my husband and I remember it. We were so young. It planted a seed, though.

alittlebitograce said...

such a beautiful custom! i love the sign too. :)

Graceful said...

What a cool story, so sweet. And I love that sign -- I am coveting it, quite frankly.

Jodi said...

Thanks for the sign love, people! It's actually a small piece of an old, broken door-knocker that has traveled with us from our first apartment to every house we've lived in.

Bethany Ann said...

i love your heart -- it rings through truth-words and cool door-knocker.

emily wierenga said...

oh wow. i love this post. the idea of building a home in the shadow of one's love. the way you've built your home in his shadow. brilliant, jodi. and i LOVE the sign on your door. (where did you get it?)

Jodi said...

Em, it's an old door knocker. We purchased it in a Christian bookstore, like 30 years ago. :)

Leslie said...

i so love this...

catching up here after a hectic week with my mom. she is gradually gaining strength, and i am trying to balance her care with my own health needs... a delicate dance.

thank you for your thoughts, your prayers, your heart.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

where are you? I miss you.

Yolanda said...

I love the door knocker and the post. Thanks for sharing it.

Amy Sullivan said...

Jodi,
Oh, I've never heard of this custom before, but I so love it! Can you imagine people doing that now?

Sara said...

That is a lovely tradition.

I like your new look here, though I miss that gorgeous watch cover...

Jodi said...

Amy, I'd like to imagine people doing it still.

Sara, it does look like a watch, doesn't it? It's actually a vintage locket given to me by a friend because of the acorns. Inside is a b/w photo of a woman from the 20's. Was she someone's mother/sister? I don't know, but I can't bear to remove the photo.

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