Since I'd been an interior designer, I often fantasized what the interior of my new home would look like. Time and time again, the image of a red chenille couch came into my head. I imagined cuddling up into its warm embrace, escaping for a time the challenges of forging a new way of being in the world.
Since my husband and I had recently moved and I had no job, I had to be resourceful in finding ways of squirreling away money for that couch. Birthday money. Damage compensation money from the move. Etc.
When the divorce finally became a reality however, my husband revealed he'd discovered the money and spent it. Nevertheless, here sits that couch in my current living room today.
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.