"I Don't Understand My Husband"
(By Janet Perez Eckles)

2-10-2009 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #576
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

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Story of the Week
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I Don't Understand My Husband
(By Janet Perez Eckles)

Remember that catchy tune of the 70s: "Macho Man" by The Village People? But that's not my husband. He's not a macho man. He's not a muscular-bound hunk who, with one wink, would melt me to nothing.

Instead, I married a man I cannot understand. If you were to peek into our family room, you'd find my husband, Gene, on the recliner with a bowl of chocolate ice cream balancing on his slightly protruding belly, pausing only to press the buttons on the remote control. But if you ask him, he'd insist that he's religiously committed to his exercise routine… every Memorial Day, Labor Day, or any other Monday holiday throughout the year.

Late at night, I call him to come to bed, but he doesn't budge from the couch. His sniffs are a sure telltale sign that he's been moved (again) by one of his favorite movies: "It's A Wonderful Life." Hmm. I wonder if my sons will grow up displaying that sensitive reaction, contrary to that of the typical macho man?

Nothing has changed over the years. Ever since my sons were small, and even during their teenage years, he'd throw his arms around them and hold them in a big bear hug. And the wide-eye gaze from their girlfriends didn't faze him. He had no qualms in displaying his affection.

I scratch my head at the advice he gives them. Instead of emphasizing they need to strive to succeed, he tells them to make God first in their lives.

And he also teaches me lessons… Some I never asked to learn. Many years ago, financial records showed employees had stolen from the business we ran at that time. He devised a plan. He announced to the family that he had reached a compromise with those responsible. He asked them to repay only a fraction of what they had taken and agreed to drop the charges. But he stated a condition, which they listened to: his explanation of forgiveness. He explained to our family that teaching them about God's forgiveness held a higher priority than sending them to jail. Goodness, I just couldn't understand his reaction to those who had wronged us.

Dealing with my parents is another area he handles with unusual flair. He readily agreed to invite them to live with us, but what leaves me in awe is his attitude toward them. They're only his in-laws. I imagine he must know when he shows genuine care for them, it's an extension of the love he has for me.

Our life goes on. No matter what kind of day we have, he still kneels with me for our nightly prayer. This never-missed routine has been the glue that held us together, even through moments when neither one of us understood life.

Perfect he's not, but he has a perfect way of displaying Godly qualities. I assume he peeked into the manual he must hide under the mattress: "How To Be a Real Man." And he must have read that a husband earns his wife's respect and admiration when actions follow his words.

Amazing me once again, when I lost my sight, he remained true to the vow he made on our wedding day: "for better or for worse."

In my physical darkness, I felt worthless, ugly and unlovable, but with his love, he turned me into a queen. And wearing the crown of his devotion each day is a celebration of another Valentine.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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A successful marriage isn't finding the right person - it's being the right person and it is when you are Being the right person – that the right person finds You.

(A Modern Proverb)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help me to Always be the right person with all of Your children. To me a successful life is one filled with Love for All… when that gets difficult, show me Your love for them. Thank You Father.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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