You Know Your Husband is in the Seminary When (Part 2)Posted: June 18, 2013
2 years ago I wrote about how you know your husband is in the seminary. While those observations remain true, I have more to add. Perhaps by the time my husband graduates, I will have the world’s greatest list of “You Know Your Husband is in the Seminary When. . .”
1. You find his alb in the backseat of your car while running errands. Apparently it never made it back to the church after the last weekend trip.
2. You hesitate when people ask where you are from. Do they mean where you grew up? Or do they mean where you have lived most of your adult life (which is hard to pinpoint)? Or do they mean where you are currently living?
3. You never, ever throw out a cardboard box. You know that the next move is always coming.
4. You don’t really send out moving announcements, more of moving reminders. At this point everyone should just assume that you are moving in the summer.
5. You’ve given up on telling people that your husband is a vicar and just tell them he’s on internship. Or, as my mom likes to tell people, he’s student preaching.
6. You’re constantly humbled by the gifts people give you. It’s not just the monetary donations, it’s the thoughtful presents like baked goods or decorations people happily give you because they appreciate your husband’s work.
7. It seems like every other week you are happily celebrating a pregnancy announcement or the birth/baptism of a baby. You’ve also wept and prayed for the families who have lost children due to miscarriage or stillbirth, something that is rarely talked about in our society.
8. You haven’t seen some of your closest seminary friends in a year or two because their husbands are in a different year than your husband. Thank goodness for Facebook and e-mails!
9. You find that you’ve somehow absorbed some of your husband’s theological ramblings. Not enough to keep up with his classmates and him, but enough to have a vague idea of what things like Arianism and Antinomianism are.
10. You have learned that faith in God doesn’t mean trust in your own strength to remain faithful in times of trial, but instead means knowing that He still gives you faith even when you’re at your weakest. “In the same way [the Holy Spirit] calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith,” from Luther’s explanation of the third article of the Apostle’s Creed in Luther’s Small Catechism.