Soon we will be walking on that beach together. I can’t wait to pursue our anticipated conversations about the similarities in our separate faiths. This weekend I had several random thoughts that I thought might write to you about to cause some thought, meditation, and discussion. The first being — back when I practiced law, on a rare occasion I used to find myself having to represent one side or another in a divorce case. I was not very good at this practice because I was always trying to reconcile the parties, and felt guilty about charging people I knew well exorbitant fees when I wasn’t making them money, but in fact dividing up their assets. One time, I represented a woman who clearly had doubts about going through the process, and even though we did have a very amicable resolution of their property, I could tell she still had doubts. I knew things might reconcile when on the night the divorce was final, I saw them having dinner together at a romantic restaurant. Sure enough, within a week, they were both in my office trying to figure out how to undo the divorce. ( I came up with a solution) and they are still together. I thought about them this morning when I read in my local paper that a couple had recently remarried. I remember the words of my friend back in Arkansas. She said, “ The separation convinced me that I couldn’t live without my husband. I missed him too much to not forgive him, take him back, and work harder at what pulled us apart.”
I have had a similar experience with God. I have gone in and out in my relationship with God. Sometimes I talk to God daily, sometimes I go for a long time without communicating with him. When I do, the separation teaches me that I can’t live without his presence in my life. When I ask myself, “ can I live without him.” The answer is clearly – No. So like my friend need to work harder at what was causing the separation. I need to annul the divorce, like I was able to do for my client. The best thing, unlike some marriages, God never separates himself from us.
Your friend, Webb