My up-coming memoir, God, the Devil, and Divorce, tells how the Lord upheld me in my darkest days and led me into the light. Leaving my husband after twenty-five years of marriage was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made. It left me an emotional wreck. But, little by little, I began to find my new place in the world. Taking up ballroom dancing helped me find my footing. (Pun intended.)
I believed the Lord wanted me to conduct any romantic relationship according to His guidance. So, when I met Bill, I made it clear where I stood. Bill affirmed that he had made the same vow, and so began our courtship. You’ll have to wait to read the book to see how our courtship followed God’s design.
When friends tell us how lucky we were to meet, we gently correct them by telling them the Lord was our matchmaker and we have been blessed. Bill and I thank God everyday for the life we have together.
Linda M. Kurth is a writer and a divorced and remarried Christian. In going through the divorce, she experienced a dichotomy of responses from the Christian community. After sharing some of those experiences in her upcoming memoir, God, the Devil, and Divorce, she's heard many stories of divorced Christians who have struggled with the same issue. This blog invites divorced Christians to tell their stories with the goal of encouraging churches to resist condemnation and become a source of healing and grace.
I advocate for healing of divorced people within the church by gathering stories of Christians who chose divorce because of abuse, and the response of their churches to that decision. (I'm interested in both helpful and hurtful experiences.) I also include those who have divorced because of their spouse's infidelity but have nevertheless been blamed by their church for the divorce.
If you’re interested in having your voice heard by contributing your divorce story in relationship to the church, please email me at LindaMKurthBlog@gmail.com for guidelines. I’ll be happy to help you share your story.
Know that I encourage respectful comments, keeping the blog a safe place to dialog about this subject.