A woman of my age, a single mom...it is usually assumed that I'm divorced.
Why do I simply say "single"? The answer is complicated, and yet simple.
Since being single, I have discovered being one of the "second class citizens" of the church. And even among that class, there are some that are lower than others.
I choose to let others assume a "divorce" because in doing that I have gained such humility and understanding for those who are not accepted because of their divorce.
I am not a member of the "I've lived a better life than you" club, nor am I assumed to be.
I am reminded every time somebody "assumes" before they act that I also should not assume before I act. Many times I fail.
I wrote about a couple of my experiences (one woman scolded me for not sending my kids to see their dad..."their dad is in heaven with Jesus...I would do hard time for sending them there...")
I have been ignored by a particular woman at work who thought I was divorced...until somebody told her otherwise.
Being divorced is not a sin. Sometimes the reason for the divorce is, but that is not to be assumed. Grace asks us to assume otherwise. My silence of the issue of my own singleness reminded me of that grace.
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