by James Merritt

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It Ain't over till It's over (1 of 4)
James Merritt
Matthew 5:31-32


1. If you have any reason to wonder why this message is important, maybe this letter will show you better than I could tell you. About four years ago I got a letter from a little girl in Macon, Georgia. Here's what she wrote me:

Dear Dr. Merritt, Hello! I was just wondering can you help me? My Mother wants to move to Sweden. I am supposed to go, but I don't trust her. She says I'll come back. I don't know. My Daddy lives here, Georgia, USA. He's American. He is not going. What should I do? If I say Sweden, my Daddy will think I don't love him. I love my American family a lot. If I say USA, my Swedish family will be upset. I love them both the same. Please tell me what I can do besides pray and hope? May He bless you.

No child should ever have to face that decision, and yet more and more children have to face that decision every single day. William J. Bennett, former Secretary of Education, has said in his newest book entitled, THE BROKEN HEARTH, ''Nothing has done more to undermine family life today than the 'DIVORCE REVOLUTION,' which began roughly 35 years ago, and is now a prominent, and, in the opinion of some, a permanent feature of the American landscape.'' (1)

2. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University, writes:

The divorce rate rose 700% in the 20th Century and continues to rise. There is now one divorce for every 1.8 marriages. Over a million children a year are involved in divorce cases and 13 million children under 18 have one or both parents missing.(2)

The United States has about 5% of the world's population, and yet has ½ of all of the divorces in the entire world. (3) The median duration of first marriages is approximately eight years; of re- marriages between five and six years; and of third marriages about three years. More than 2/5ths (43%) of first marriages end in either divorce or separation wi ...

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