In the fading twilight, the headlights of an approaching car reminded Bill to reach for the dashboard and turn on his lights.As the horde of rush-hour cars streamed by, Bill reminisced about the teenage daughter he had just picked up from band practice.Usually Bill and his daughter made small talk on their brief ride home. Bill was concerned about the growing emotional distance between them. for now.” A tense silence filled the car as it eased forward and stopped in the driveway.* Bill is definitely a courageous dad, pressing into a relational hot spot where most parents fear to tread.Sure, he knew this gap was normal for teenagers and their parents. “Okay,” he replied, “I’ll take that for an answer . Although it’s uncomfortable, he’s definitely on the right track.
For many couples, dealing with weeks, months, and even years of a long distance relationship is a reality.
(Those who were living in pain for a very long time, that's who.) So starting over looks different for every person, especially depending on what your marriage looked like in the day-to-day, who initiated the divorce, and how long you were married.
We more than likely never dreamed we'd be on our own, so we never bothered to prepare for that circumstance. Or, if the marriage was extraordinarily difficult, we may find ourselves resisting feelings of relief and excitement, emotions that seem wrong and that invoke guilt.
My husband is Australian, and myself Canadian, so we’ve definitely had our seasons of life with the Pacific Ocean between us, needing to juggle contrasting time zones and work schedules. Most Christians do a reasonably good job rejecting and refraining from what we consider the major relationship-killing sins, like pornography or adultery, but we’re often much more lenient on ourselves in the area of the tongue.
In the privacy of our homes, it’s easy to insult, criticize, use sarcasm, nag, complain, speak in anger, and…