Divorce and Alzheimer's

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 15, 2011
  • 121 Comments
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A Statement by Joni Eareckson Tada on Pat Robertson's comment on Divorce and Alzheimer's

“Any marriage has its challenges, but add a serious disability and they can, at times, seem overwhelming. This is why God instituted marriage as a lifelong commitment – Heaven knows it requires vows, solemn and serious, to weather a couple through the demands of disability."

“I was dismayed when this week Pat Robertson said to a nationwide audience that Alzheimer's disease is a kind of death that makes divorce justifiable. When a Christian leader views marriage on a sliding scale, what does this say to the millions of couples who must deal daily with catastrophic injuries and illnesses?"

“At the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, we encounter thousands of couples who, despite living with serious disabling conditions, showcase the grace of God in their weakness every day. Marriage is designed to be a picture of God’s sacrificial love for us. Alzheimer’s disease is never an ‘accident’ in a marriage; it falls under the purview of God’s sovereignty. In the case of someone with Alzheimer's, this means God's unconditional and sacrificial love has an opportunity to be even more gloriously displayed in a life together!”

 
 

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Dear Joni, Thank you for your words of truth. So needed in this world. When my dad began to have and then manifested to Alzheimers, my mom was devastated, but never even thought of divorce. To her and to all of our family, he was alive and loved until the day Father God took him home. God bless you and your ministry
  • Sept. 15, 2011
  • 2:34 p.m.
  • Patricia Wash
 
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