For Richer or for Poorer?

Not anymore. Here’s an article about the pampered poodle wives of Britain who go ballistic when hubby comes home from the investment bank saying he’s out of work. The writer has coined a phrase for these stay at home (and do nothing) spoiled women: Toxic wives.

I’m starting to see the silver lining of this recession. I think we could all do with a bit of austerity. Let’s learn how to live on less, spend more time with one another and reconsider our values. This Thanksgiving Day let’s all stop and really count our blessings and remember that our eternal souls matter most, that earthly riches rot and they don’t put pockets in shrouds.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16613575838269069020 BJ Buracker

    Amen and amen, father! I couldn’t agree more. Trials, tribulations, turmoil, and pain, often focus us our minds on the transcendent, holy, perfect, and good, rather than the immediate, superficial, and self-centered.I think Qoheleth got it right when he said:“I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, the delight of the children of man… And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil… Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11; ESV).Of course, he concludes with:“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Eccl. 12:13-14).May God grant us with the ability AND the desire to fear Him more, obey His commands, love others, and think less of ourselves.BJ

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01469622835449220113 Dymphna

    For a certain type of woman (more of us than we care admit) love dies when the rent aint paid. I remember how many marriages exploded when Bethlehem Steel went down in Pennsylvania. One of my uncles had a spoiled princess of a wife. When things got difficult she left. Everyone clucked their tounges and remarked that he’d been living in a fool’s paradise anyway. But my uncle was happy with her and although it may have been based on money and a fool’s paradise it was a tragedy that his family was blown apart. I couldn’t bring myself to be smug about it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02598404623048927550 Tom S.

    Thanks Father. I have been thinking the same thing for some time now. And I still do. I have occasionally been worried that my attitude was somehow terribly unchristian – but I don’t really think so.I’m on the cutting-edge of the recession, BTW. Laid off with no warning two weeks ago. But my wife is still here! Definitely not the “toxic” sort!!! And for THAT I am very very thankful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08231113617194137573 Bob Cavalcante Jr.

    Amen Father…this season perhaps people will begin to focus less on materialistic Christmas Presents and more on Christmas Presence. The presence of Christ in our world, in one another and in ourselves.God Bless You All

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00085197204868089329 aimee

    Gosh. And here I was writing the other day about how, since my husband is working hard in the world for me, I should work hard in the home for him. Maybe I should reconsider. I envy all those chemical peels and servants, you know.


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