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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Manliness

When you observe a man who has a wife that glows - you see a lover who has studied his wife well.

When you observe a man who has grateful children - you see a father who has truly loved.

This man is kind in public or in private. In his home and outside his home.

This man uses his strength to protect instead of hurt.

This man cares accurately for his wife and children's heart, their wounds, their joy. He breathes air into their dreams.

This man is generous secretly.

This man has a wife who responds to physical intimacy and affection with matching hunger.

This man's words are congruent with the way he lives.

This man believes the best about people.

This man is comfortable with who he is, giving him the wherewithal to be a good friend.

This man is mine.

Once more, I'm grateful beyond words for the gift of living with a man who shows me the face of God, over and over again.

(Yes, whenever I come home from a trip I appreciate my life with greater clarity.)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this!!! You captured the heart of a man after God's own heart in words....

Beautiful. Keep carving your words on leaves...or tapping them into cyber space.

Louise Gallagher said...

Oh Kathleen -- what a beautiful tribute to a man worthy of such an amazing woman as you!

S. Etole said...

A splendid gift for you both ...

katdish said...

In a world that seems hell bent on guilting men into being less manly, it's refreshing to know they're still out there standing firm.

Monica Sharman said...

This was so delightful and refreshing!