[I wrote made this blog entry two years ago, in July 2014, just weeks before my precious wife, Adonica, was diagnosed with Leukemia. I have been single again for nearly eleven months, since Leukemia took her life. I could not have then imagined my life without her, and now all I have left are pleasant memories like the ones in this article. I miss her and sill shed bitter tears, but I have our two beautiful children who remind me every day of the woman I cherished for twenty years. Today is my new opportunity “to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord.”]
Periodically my wife leaves me! It’s a good thing. She and the children get an early start on a family vacation and I catch up after a few days. After years of happy marriage, I anticipate times of separation with mixed emotions. Besides the incredible intimacy we often enjoy and the fact that clean socks magically appear in my dresser drawer, there is the family routine I’d prefer not to alter. I like reading to the kids before bedtime, eating dinner as a family, having someone to talk to, touch, and hold. When she leaves, I get lonely.
As a long-term married guy, brief times of separation are good practice for me in learning to “secure undistracted devotion to the Lord”.