Has she left him yet?

Several months ago, I sat in Starbucks doing my work. I could not help but overhear a conversation at the table next to me. The first person shared about a mutual friend they had whose husband became an alcoholic. At one point both people wondered aloud, “Has she left him yet? No? Why not?”

I want to be sensitive because I don’t know anything else about the married couple’s situation. I don’t know if anyone was abusive or unfaithful. I don’t know how young or old they are. I don’t know how they’ve been married.

But in spite of this, I do know one thing. As a married couple there is at least one reason why she hasn’t left him yet. She made a vow– both spouses made a promise to one another.

Should that count for something?

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2 Comments on "Has she left him yet?"

  1. lisa
    12/04/2012 at 8:18 am Permalink

    i think there’s a lot to be said about knowing the specifics of that situation. God knows i’ve thought those same thoughts with my own parents.

  2. e
    12/04/2012 at 9:30 am Permalink

    Thanks for the comment, Lisa.

    Yes, the knowing the specifics of the situation would help us better understand each marriage. I pray God gives all of us His grace to love one another faithfully. God knows we all need it!

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