Bible friends help restore happiness after a divorce

More Than 30 Years Ago, my first wife peremptorily left me, taking our two sons, aged four and five, across the United States with her. A note just inside the door informed me she was filing for divorce. I had no money to visit the boys, and I wasn't allowed to talk to them on the telephone. Ahead lay unpleasant divorce proceedings—and for me the prospect of long-term impoverishment. Worse, an alarm bell went off in my mind that said, "You are slipping into deep melancholia."

As I have always done in tough situations, I sought help from a Christian Science practitioner. I made an appointment to visit him. After listening to me for a few minutes, he asked, "Have you ever read the Bible?" I told him I read the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly every day. He then stipulated that as a condition to his praying for me, I was to read the entire Bible over the coming year from cover to cover, as well as Science and Health. I agreed, sensing that only through a radical change in my thinking was I likely to get to see my sons again.

After the fire, the rebuilding begins
December 8, 2003

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