Sunday, July 13, 2008

Happy Thought

Thanks to the recommendation of Jon, our Sunday School teacher, I've spent this evening browsing a website called gracegems.org, a collection of Puritan wisdom.

I found a quote on marriage that warmed my heart. One of the things I love about the Mitford books by Jan Karon is the affectionate relationship between Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia. Many times their words and actions, though mere characters in a book, have spurred me to greater affection toward my own husband. When I found this quote, by John Angell James, I thought Father Tim would approve:

The purest happiness of an earthly nature, is that which springs up in a comfortable home, where there is a loving union of hearts between man and wife. The tender sympathies, the delicate affections, the minute attentions, the watchful solicitudes, the ceaseless kindnesses of marital love,--are the sweetest ingredients in the cup of life,and contribute a thousand times more to earthly enjoyment, than all the possessions of wealth, and all the blandishments of rank, station, and fashion.

5 comments:

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Gonna have to check it out!

Spending my AM in the CLP catalog...nature readers as per your recommendations!

Looking at the history...any thoughts? (CC does cycle 3 - US history this year and I see their K and 1st grade history books are US)

Kate said...

i gotta say this s.s. class was good for my ears (and heart). needed it.

Kate said...

oh wait - is that mary who wrote me about cc? i lost that email and forgot who was asking and felt so bad for not getting back... is that you?!!?!

Wendy said...

thanks for sharing!

hope you are having a great summer! :)

The Small Scribbler said...

That quote sure does capture the essence of a good marriage. Great thought to take away. Thanks.

Kate