In the USofA today is Memorial Day, when we remember those who died in the service of their country. In keeping with the flavour of this blog, I would like to focus on another casualty of war: marriages and families. While the divorce rate in the civilian population is dropping, the divorce rate for those in the military has been going up for a decade. It is estimate as many as 30,000 military marriages could end in divorce this year.
One thing that is helping is special seminars designed to help couples deal with the problems of coming back together after one returns from active duty. A growing number of such seminars are offered, on local, state, and national levels. If you are a military couple, I strongly recommend you attend an event of this nature. If you are not a military couple, I urge you to not only suggest it to military friends, but also help cover the cost for them, and/or keep their kids while they attend. You could also donate to one of these groups (most offer scholarships), or contact them about having a seminar at your church. This Google search will get you started.
It’s good to remember those who have died, but let’s not stop there – let’s do all we can to save the marriages of those who have returned. Regardless of how you feel about our current military deployment, saving military marriages (and families) is a truly worth cause.
Speaking of donations: My thanks to the person who made an anonymous donation last week – praying God’s blessings on you and your marriage.
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