I am hearing frequent stories of married couples forced to be apart for work. Economic downturns have required many of us to take positions we’d never consider 5 years ago. We can relate to this, and although it is terribly difficult to get through, there is hope for the future. If you are in this position, reach out to people. Ask for what you need and be gracious about accepting it. If you know someone else, please share this with them as encouragement to know they are not alone.
Published in the Spring 2012 Issue of Eternal Encouragement (Formerly TEACH) as part of an ongoing marriage series I’d written. It is raw, for adults (thanks for skipping this post young reader friends)
Barb’s husband could not find a contract locally and was forced to work in another state for almost a year, coming home barely every 3rd weekend for 48 hours. Jeni’s husband has been working out of town, connecting with his family in person once a week. She has breast cancer, and a child with Down’s syndrome, and has had to mostly battle these things without him there physically. Tiffany’s husband has been looking for a new job for three years. In that time he has had to go where the work is, driving long hours to get home when he can.
My own husband came in quietly the other night. When I saw his face my stomach tightened into knots, dread filled my heart. We have faced upheaval many times for work and I recognized this as eminent. “Well,” he started, “work is sending me out of state for several months. Maybe we should start packing for you to come with me. We’d leave in three days’ time.” Read the rest of this entry