Thursday, October 04, 2007

TIL DEATH DO US PART, OR AT LEAST UNTIL YOU GET CANCER!


Marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman and God. It is to be a life long relationship where the two become one and their relationship displays the glory Christ and His Church. While that is the way God intended for marriage to be, we all know that all too often is it anything but that. We live in times where the divorce rate is astonishingly high. I believe that can be explained, as God had certain people in mind when He created marriage, but that is for another blog. While the reality of divorce impacts many families there is a certain classification that has to sadly deal with break up. Cancer patients! There are particular cancer sufferers who have a high rate of divorce, from the wires;

"In research presented at a meeting of the European Cancer Organization, Norwegian experts found women with cervical cancer had a 40 percent higher chance of getting divorced than other women. Men with testicular cancer were 20 percent more likely to get divorced than similar men without cancer. Both types of cancer are curable and are diagnosed at younger ages than other cancers. It seems to be worse for your marriage to get cancer early," said Astri Syse, an epidemiologist at the Norwegian Cancer Registry who led the study."

While marriages survive most cancers, those for whom the disease impacts their sexual lives have a high rate of divorce. What are we to deduce from this? Is sex the driving force behind marriage these days? Do men and women not see the beauty of marriage going beyond the physical, into the emotional and spiritual realm? We do not the answers for sure, but we do know that these words, "for better for worse, in sickness and in health, til death do us part", have sadly become nothing more than mere words!


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pastor tom
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