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"
Program #216, CT 312112

"The Husband Every Wife Prays For"
I Peter 3:7

7 You husbands likewise, live with your
wives in an understanding way, as with a
weaker vessel, since she is a woman;
and grant her honor as a fellow-heir of
the grace of life, so that your prayers
may not be hindered.
Some weeks ago as I was flying home from Nashville, I sat in the middle
seat. Next to the window sat a lady who was probably in her
mid-to-late forties, and attractively dressed. But I could tell that
she was having a tough time. She had her handkerchief in her hands,
occasionally dabbing her eyes. I didn't know whether she was leaving
on a sad journey or returning from one.
I had spoken to her just before the plane took off, but she didn't seem
to want to talk so I didn't push it. As the plane lifted into the air
she looked out the window, waved her hand, spoke o-utloild and said, "So
long, Nashville. I'll be back!" Then she bowed her head and began to
At this point I felt I needed to intrude just a little and see if I
could help. She to-d me she was a travel aqent, that she had
experienced a recent change in her life and was going into the travel
business. She had once lived in this state and had been to Nashville
for a convention.
We talked for awhile and she asked me my occupation. I told her that I
am a minister, and she said, "Well, I come from a Catholic background,
but I'm glad you're sitting here. I have something I can't tell just
anyone about."
I said, "Well, we'll probably never see each other again, so if you
want to unload, I'm here, and we have 45 minutes until we get to
Atlanta." But I wasn't prepared for what she was about to say.
She said, "My husband is a physician. We've been married several years
and I am a battered and abused wife. He has beaten me until ...

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