earth and earthworm; 5 years

When I garden, earth and earthworm pass between my fingers and I realize that I am made of the same stuff. When I pinch the cucumber vine and the water drips from the capillaries to soil, I can feel the blood coursing through my body. Man is a microcosm in whose flesh resonates and reverberates the pulse of the whole creation, in whose mind creation comes to consciousness, and through whose imagination and will God wants to heal and reconcile everything that sin has wounded and put in disharmony.

– From Chapter 1 of Vigen Guroian’s Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening


DSCN4756Because my back was turned to the audience, every time I lifted my hand to my face, people thought I was wiping away tears.  In reality, it was a muggy 95 degrees and I was wiping sweat from my brow.  That was five years ago yesterday, May 29, 2004, and I was standing with my bride-to-be making the most important commitment of my life, after my commitment to God.

I didn’t cry then — I am easily moved, just not usually to tears — but as I sit here this morning thinking about my wife, I could cry tears of joy.  So much has changed.  I’m looking out the window of our home in Boston (which we bought last year).  Our dog, Damon, is at the groomer’s this morning.  Chrissy is spending time this morning with her co-worker who is a new mom.  Yet after five years, I appreciate now more than ever the woman I married, precisely because she is the kind of woman who spends her Saturday morning sitting with a new mom with two other children in her care.

Here’s to five years, babe.  We’re a good team, you and me.  I could get used to this marriage thing.


3 responses to this post.

  1. congratulations bro…

    you are a good team!

    we love you both =)



  2. Posted by Pam on May 30, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I agree, too– you guys are definitely a good team! You’re both humble and willing recipients of God’s grace, so after 5 years you can still celebrate each other, and work together to live life loving Jesus. How wonderful! Glad we’ve gotten to be a part of a few of these 5 years!


  3. Posted by priest on June 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    right on. much love to you guys…


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