Exciting Guest Post!

23 Jan

It's airborne



Dear Adella’s Dad:

Your daughter has been pretty ill these past few days. First PinkEye!, then some kind of wannabe strep thing. All after your grandson’s double ear-infection and my own ongoing battle with perfect health.

I married Adella three and a half years ago, but I’ve known her a long time. I’ve been around long enough to see some pretty incredible things, and while my wife rests and sleeps off her potentially deadly cold, I thought I’d tell you a little about her from my perspective.

Adella is probably the most fascinating non-fiction person I know. If you take the time to get to know her, to listen to her and see the complexities of all her thoughts, feelings, actions, and motives, you will find a remarkably strong, intelligent, and competent women fighting her way through a dense jungle of past hurt and present confusion. Sometimes she is like a roaring lioness with a fierce paw and a beard of fresh blood. Other times she is meek and mild, as gentle as a flower petal that a young male friend picks from her yard, writes a note on, and puts in her mailbox which turned about to be a bad idea because she really didn’t know what to make of it and I was just trying to be nice.

Adella is the main character in a Charles Dickens’ novel. Now I’ve never read any Charles Dickens’ novels, but I do know two things: 1) I forgot to watch Muppet Christmas Carol this year and 2) those novels are very thick. And if thickness is any indication of complexity, beauty, and thematic development, then my metaphor stands. As you get to know her (will you give yourself that opportunity?), you will find yourself rooting for her, fighting for her, sacrificing for her, and spending for her, even when sometimes it is your blood on her gleaming lioness beard. Before your eyes you will see the formation of a person, a whole person, an awesome and fearsome process that is wild and untamed, the truest testament to the power of a living God there is beside the flesh and blood resurrection of that God himself.

She is a glowing ember in a campfire, smoldering and white-hot, ready for fuel and ready to grow into an all consuming flame that will roast the marshmallows of children from all the lands for ages to come. She is smart and honest, a combination whose presentation is the kind that gets called “refreshing” and “real.”

She is also really funny.

I have no idea where these next few years will take us. But I hope it takes us to you, because I don’t want you to miss the experience of knowing her, and because I want to see how much more awesome my wife will become.


And she can cook.




One Response to “Exciting Guest Post!”

  1. Jennie Rader January 25, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Beautiful words Joe…..

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