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Friday, August 24, 2012

Woodworking and Marriage

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on:::


When I was little, I used to watch my dad work with wood in the garage.  He's entirely self-taught, and over the last twenty-five years or more his skill has increased to the point that now he's made a bunk bed and a cedar chest, several steps up from the bookshelves he started out making.

Often when he wants to make a very sturdy, very high-quality piece of furniture that will stay together for a long time, he joins the pieces of wood together using what are called dove-tailed joints, instead of nails, screws or glue.  The ends of the pieces of wood are cut in a pattern that looks a bit like the sides of a zipper, so that they fit together snugly and don't move.  Each piece of wood supports the ones on either side of it, like fingers woven together.

I see my marriage relationship like those pieces of wood with the dove-tail joints.  My husband and I are two separate entities, but we complement each other, we fit together perfectly, and we support each other and make the other person stronger.  When we were married, God joined us together, two people becoming one in his eyes.

"Two are better than one," it says in Ecclesiastes.  "What God has joined together, let no man separate, for they are not two, but one," Jesus said in Matthew.

My husband and I, joined at the heart, soul, mind and body, have a joining, a union, that will last our whole lives: a work of art, designed not by humans but by God, that will hopefully be a testament to him and his majesty for many, many years.


  1. Beautiful way to look at "join" for the writing prompt. You dad must be an excellent woodsmith. Joining wood isn't easy.

  2. Loved your post. Mine too ended with my relationship with my husband. Blessings!

  3. Jaimie!! This is beautiful! What a great picture to describe marriage!

  4. I came by yesterday and commented, but it looks like I may have messed up when I was doing it. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the visual images of the wood joints in this essay. I think it's wonderful that you thought to put that illustration in your piece.


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