How could two of the more stable, steady people in my congregation suddenly and radically change their behavior? Judy, the woman he was talking about, was a rock solid person.She handled many of the single-parent activities and, for the past three years, oversaw all the divorce recovery classes in the church.All the memories of long romantic walks holding hands, having heart to heart talks together, wearing special clothing, going special places, giving and receiving special gifts and flowers, traveling together, being loved and giving lovethey all have to be put away.Memories of love, intimacy, companionship, kindness, giving and receiving love remind parents of what they have lost.
They learn to avoid certain places and events, perhaps refrain from going into town on weekends.Clinic staff also helped her apply for government programs for single mothers.Renee Rizzo, director of Hope Clinic, says most of the women who come through Hope's doors are between the ages of 18 and 24. They fear they are going to lose everything and be alone, forever." This spring, the National Center for Health Statistics released findings based on its research of birth certificates that show a historic surge in the number of children born out of wedlock. As it turned out, only that morning Tom had finally called the pastor to arrange a meeting the next day for coffee.But after the pastor asked Tom point blank about his relationship with Judy, Tom admitted that they were planning to get married! The pastor thought he had had a better relationship with Tom and Judy than to learn about such a life-changing plan after the fact. Look, every divorced woman or man on earth who is now alone cannot survive emotionally or mentally without closing off certain happenings from their past.
After seeing sonographic images at Nashville's Hope Clinic for Women, Smith says, "I knew I could not have an abortion." But with no health insurance, no support system, and not enough money to buy even the essentials, she felt trapped.