Congratulations, Granny Di!

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The world is aflutter with the glorious news that Will and Kate have had a baby. Thank you, God! Life is blooming in a happy way for dear William, whose head hung low as young man of 15 when he and his brother buried his mother.Now, in the wake of this happy event, may the public, royal watchers, the news agencies and related entities please get this straight: Charles and Camilla are not the new baby's "grandparents." Charles is the baby's grandfather and Diana is the baby's grandmother. … [Read more...]

June “Lunatic of the Month” ~ Stephen Colbert

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You have to love a man who loves his mother. Political satirist and wildly popular television host Stephen Colbert broke character in the aftermath of his mother's death to pay a moving tribute to her. Because the courage, grit, humility and sincerity this superstar brought to this moment, Poets & Lunatics has made Stephen Colbert June's Lunatic of the Month. Colbert's words speak for themselves. I add here, as a prelude, only a portion of the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt … [Read more...]

When Divorce Is a Moral Imperative ~ Part 2

In my previous post I ended on the disheartening note that, after the failed attempt at marital counseling, I felt left on my own as to how to proceed and that the Kingdom of God was at stake. I was wrong on both counts. Help came to me surprisingly from two unexpected sources.The first was God, whom I assumed had consigned a certain level of purgatory for pastor's wives--the price to be paid for the salvation of others through the ministrations of their husbands. I shook my fist at God over … [Read more...]

When Divorce Is a Moral Imperative ~ Part 1

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 It has been 10 years since my divorce. I was married to a pastor. Our marriage ended after 24 years. I am no longer my ex-husband's wife. He has another wife and he also has another church. But this does not disqualify me from knowing the truth of what it takes to be married to pastor and why so many of these marriages fall apart in time.I am discovering that whenever I write or blog about the intractable dilemma of a Christian marriage ending in divorce, or -- more to the … [Read more...]

Advice to Newlyweds from a (Divorced) Pastor’s Wife

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I have had the privilege and shared in the glory of seeing two of my beloved nieces (sisters) get married this past spring, their respective nuptials separated by 9 weeks. (I salute my sister who pulled off these weddings with grace, hilarity and originality.)My gift to them was a letter of "advice," written at length,  over a period of weeks, with much thought and prayer. At first I thought being divorced disqualified me from rendering such advice. When I said as much, one of my nieces … [Read more...]

In This Season of Weddings, Remember the Divorced

So happy for my beloved niece on her glorious wedding day.

Ah, Spring ~ the season that inevitably, and rightly, hails a punishing schedule of weddings. The season of wedding bells begins with the earth's pivot at the vernal equinox and does not relent until we turn the clocks back in the fall. It is a glorious explosion of happiness.  I feel grateful to see so many young people I love and admire sally forth withal in nuptial optimism.Even so, let us remember the divorced people. Weddings are bruising for them, especially in the context of the … [Read more...]


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