What the glass can’t hold

Last night my wife Catherine was thinking about why important and long-term relationships sometimes fail. This morning she awoke, went straight into her office, and made the below.

Though it took some doing, she acquiesced to letting me share it with you.

Both the photo and the words are hers.

Here’s to all of us who in the past have tried and tried and tried.

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John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. John is a pastor ordained by The Progressive Christian Alliance. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. And don't forget to sign up for his mucho awesome monthly newsletter.

  • Translator

    Another reason your wife rocks :)

    • Elizabeth

      *thumbs up*

  • Don Rappe

    This is great. I don’t have to read two blogs. Good art, from my perspective.

  • Jill H

    That’s stunning. Wow. This one’s definitely gonna stick with me.

    I get how you both support each other’s brilliance. Thanks (as ever) for sharing it all with us.

  • http://small-letters.com Mindy M.

    /smiling. Simple, insightful, beautiful.

  • Lymis

    I hope this is about other people’s relationships, and doesn’t reflect issues in your own. But yes, it’s beautiful.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      No, she was reflecting on her own past.

      • n.

        whew. my question (and guess at the answer) exactly.

      • Lymis

        Whew, seconded!

      • http://www.facebook.com/bill.steffenhagen?sk=wall Soulmentor

        Wonderful. It happened to me….twice, and I WAS a mess both times. I couldn’t say it better. Catherine is one classy poet.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bill.steffenhagen?sk=wall Soulmentor

        Then you must be a gallon jug that takes it all with room to spare.

  • Carol VanderNat

    That’s absolutely right on the money…I have goosebumps…my second marriage is just ending. That makes four long term relationships where I have tried to fit a whole bottle of wine into a shot glass….

    This reflects my feelings perfectly…it like you’ve been following me for the past month or so…

    Thank you for so beautifully speaking what is in my heart…

    • Jill H

      I’m sorry Carol for what you’re dealing with. Kudos to you for staying strong in who you are and what is important.

  • Michelle P.

    Beautiful. Sad, but beautiful.

  • Hannah Grace

    This is genuinely really, really beautiful.

  • http://rinmmkay.blogspot.com/ deyavi

    First most profound emotional revelation of my life came from the content of this website.

    Never disappointing.

    Read it, shared it, re-read it… and then about 5 minutes after the second viewing it hit me like a ton of bricks.

    “Yes. Exactly.”


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