“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. …Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”
Title credits to Clark’s The Scarlet. Main headline: “Clark’s Changing Direction: Academic Programs Aim to Attract Students.”
Today I watched the sun rise behind the houses in back of ours. The sky lightened, clouds colored; I turned to my toast; as I turned back, the window suddenly blazed with morning light. Sunrise light dazzles me on my 7:00 mornings, validating the early hour. I love getting up and watching the transformation from dim to bright as God works his miracle of light every morning. Another miracle I don’t fail to wonder at is that I woke up. It is truly amazing the grace God extends.
Mom sent me today’s verses when Ian and I got engaged. Since then, I’ve thought about them a great deal. Now, when I’m alone like this, the verse came back to me and I realized that I can’t ever be alone since I’ve committed my life to the pursuit of holiness. Maybe I don’t spend too much time with physical people—and I’m making an effort to do more of that—but with a companion who never leaves, always loves, and knows me better than I know myself, I cannot say that I’m alone. The Christian faith is integral to my life as well as to our marriage. Though Ian and I are dear friends, working together, warming each other, and facing the world as partners, our marriage isn’t ours. It’s ours and God’s. Because of Him we can stand together surely knowing that what trials come our way will pass. It is Christ who ties us together and keeps us from breaking when difficulties come (and they will. Oh, they will). The wonder of it is that God takes the time to care about me, and Ian, and our marriage when He also causes the earth to orbit and spin, the galaxy to rotate, the universe to expand…or is it contract?
Last night was happy night, because Luke and I figured out why my main speakers weren’t working! For all my fitzing around, I never tried unplugging my headphones. Turns out those headphones somehow dampen the speakers. When I unplugged the headphones preparatory to turning my baby around, music suddenly blasted out! Woah! Which was cool, because that meant Luke and I could continue our evening tradition of watching Star Trek. I hope we get to live with him or Lesley, and not just because of the splitting-rent business. Both of them are excellent company and easy companions, as well as being fairly neat. Additionally they sleep at night, which though Eric’s midnight escapades don’t disturb me at all, might be a novel thing. Somebody on the same sleep schedule as us! And I think I’d like to not have our apartment be so… individualistic. Ian and I live as a separate entity from Eric, but it would be neat if we could, with whoever our next roommate is (God willing that we have one), work more as a group. Prepare meals more together, split up cleaning duties, hang out more and get a couch that doesn’t make you feel like you’re going to be eaten alive if you sit down. Give this apartment an overhaul, make it even more liveable, more community-ish, and less homey to spiders, and we might just have a place worth keeping for a couple more years.
(Also see the post below, which I wrote this morning in a spasm of insanity. Additionally, if you can think of any clever ways to advertise for house-sitting, let me know. Ian and I want to do that this summer for BCS families but our cleverness is limited so far to this.)
– KF –
23 days my Ian