Monday, September 19, 2011

"Fair-weather" Heart for Marriage?

Last week TV evangelist Pat Robertson said that he could understand why a man or woman would divorce his or her marriage partner after that partner develops Azheimer's disease. I don't know what part of "... in sickness and in health as long as we both shall live" he doesn't understand!
My own mother is sinking deeper and deeper into a world beyond her mind. She is confused. She is angry sometimes. She is sad. My dad is her anchor - he and Jesus! When she dreams scary dreams my dad comforts her in the night. She sits and holds his hand. He loves her beyond words and thought - much like in this YouTube story of the McQuilken's! It would never cross my dad's mind to do anything as long as he has life BUT be there for and with my mother. In fact his love for her sometimes gets in front of logic and wisdom simply because his heart of love for her is so totally enduring!
Check out this link and be prepared to cry and also be prepared to have your heart impacted:
Marriage is neither for the faint of heart or the fair-weather of heart! Marriage is forever TILL DEATH DO US PART!
I wonder what part of "till death do us part" Pat Robertson has forgotten or doesn't understand.
Granted this is a terrible, heart-wrenching disease! But life-long, sacred commitments are forever! God never promises to take away the pain or the heart-wrenching difficult or the desperate loss. What He does promise is His presence and that, my friend, MUST be enough! And it is - even in the deepest, darkest night of pain and loss!
Pat Robertson said, "I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her." Stunning!
The other Robertson as in Robertson McQuilkin made a vastly different choice and for all the right reasons. His reward is in heaven! Robertson McQuilkin has no "fair-weather" heart for his Muriel!

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