by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
CT 506092, Program 180

Series on The Real Woman"
Philippians 1, Genesis 21

You may have seen her. I have many times. She comes in late, after
the service has started. Sometimes she has her children with her.
She slips in and usually sits in an inconspicuous place. She picks up
the hymnal and tries to remember the words. She hasn't been in church
for a while, and yet the hymns begin to come back from her childhood
and she remembers.
She's a little nervous about how the children will behave in church.
They haven't been there very much. She's a divorcee'. She's not
single, not married - she is divorced.
She comes and listens to the message intently. She watches the people
to see if they're noticing her; and she realizes that she has now
turned to the church and to Christ for help, and wonders if she will
find acceptance, love, warmth and help. For she is now facing the
tremendous responsibility of raising the children by herself, and
she's lonely and afraid. She is reaching out for help, because she's
trying to survive the death of her marriages
Last year one million people divorced. That meant that two million
people were hurt. Add another one million children, and you have
three million directly affected in one year alone. Add parents and
you have five million; add grandparents and you have between six and
seven million people in one year who have been traumatized by divorce.
It's almost an obscene word, isn't it? You can't get used to it,
although Hollywood people have five or six divorces, you are not
Hollywood, and it hurts. There is pain. You have watched it and it's
never very glamorous. How do you survive? How do you live with it
and carry on? On the stress level divorce is rated higher than any
other trauma that can happen, next to the death of a spous ...

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