Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Love's Witnesses

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Love's Witnesses

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My husband and I divorced shortly before he passed on suddenly. As a result, his entire estate - much larger than I had been led to believe when I'd accepted a preliminary settlement - was left in trust for our two little boys, to be handed over to them at age 21. Although there was some insurance, it was inadequate to meet our needs, and the estate's trustee refused to provide financial support even though the boys were only 2 and 3 at the time.

Prior to his passing, my husband told me he would be willing to review the financial arrangements related to the divorce and take into account my contributions to the household. But his untimely death prevented that. I didn't even get the settlement I'd been promised.

We had a roof over our heads, because we moved in with my mother. And I got a job so we'd have some income. But two things continued to trouble me. First, with their father's passing, I was the only parent the boys had left, and I wanted to witness and to support their growing up years. Also, I felt unjustly treated because I'd contributed to the household income but wasn't getting any recompense for those efforts. That money would enable me to be home with the boys.

So I took the Bible's counsel to heart, to "pray without ceasing" (I Thess. 5:17). I'd prayed my way through the need for housing and employment, and I knew God would help me now. I just needed to understand what His will for me was. "Father, what shall I do?" I asked. "Am I just being willful, or is there a just solution to this problem?"

While I was waiting for God's answer, I made a practice of rejoicing hourly in God's loving presence in our lives. But the more I did this, the more unjust the situation seemed.

Eventually I talked to a lawyer about it, and he agreed that if I filed a lawsuit against my husband's estate, the settlement might be made more evenhanded. …

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