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Divorce and “Blame”

My parents divorced when I was one year old.  I grew up without my father.  My wife’s parents divorced when she was eleven.  We have both been damaged greatly by divorce.  We hate divorce!

But I have to admit it: I must be a wimp; I have never preached on divorce.  In every congregation I have been in there have been people who are divorced.  And I fear I would upset them if I preached on the topic.  I’m not avoiding the topic, but I’m glad that it hasn’t come up so far in the books I have preached on.

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Regrets, I’ve had a few ….

This post was contributed by Lindsay, Trustee at HBC


Regrets, I’ve had a few, sang Frank Sinatra – but then he did it “his way”.

A blog receiving attention from columnists recently is one by Dr. Bronnie Ware, who worked in palliative care for many years and spoke to many dying patients. She has shared what they told her and reports that the top five regrets of the dying are:

 

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. (This was the most common regret of all.)

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

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Only what’s done for Christ will last

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My brother visited the grave-site of our relatives yesterday and sent me this comment. “Kinda sad, such a wet, damp and solitary place. No matter what our lives are like, we all end up forgotten after a surprisingly short period of time.”

His forlorn words reminded me of C.T. Studd’s poem which I’ve added below.

“Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
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