Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”—Luke 5:5 (NIV)
A Family Torn Apart
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.—PSALM 34:18 (NIV)
Some illnesses pull a family closer together. Mental illness was tearing ours apart. My husband, Herb, suffered from anxiety and depression. Many times he was hospitalized for suicidal thoughts.
A close relative blamed me for Herb’s depression. “Why don’t you take responsibility for your part?” she asked angrily. I was told that “it takes two to tango” and that if I wasn’t making Herb happy, then I was to blame for his sadness. I had done everything I could to help my husband. I couldn’t believe I was being blamed for his illness! I was hurt and I became self-righteous because of it.
One morning, our daughter phoned home crying. “Mom, I love you and Dad both, but I don’t know who to get behind!” My heart was breaking—since when did anyone need to take sides when someone in a family is ill? “Well then,” I said, “let’s just get behind Dad and give him our love and support.” In time, through prayer, God made me realize that as the mother of this family, I had to try to set an example of forgiveness. It was not easy. We were all hurting. Nonetheless, I needed to lead by example. Slowly, with prayer, we began to pull together as a family again. We had been torn apart, but through God’s grace, we were put back together and made new.
Thank you, Lord, for giving us the tool of prayer to make our family whole again.
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