This is the twenty-third in a series written by Malcolm Marler and Mary Bea Sullivan, husband and wife, about their journey as Mary, an author, goes to Virginia Theological Seminary to get her Master of Divinity degree and become an Episcopal priest.  Malcolm is a director of pastoral care at a hospital in Alabama.

“He Said.”

Mary is finishing the third semester towad her Masters of Divinity degree.

Though not experts, we are no longer rookies in this dance of “living in two states.” We develop some routine in the midst of constant changes.

But my faith is often weak, and I find myself wondering why we couldn’t both be doing what we are called to do in the same place?

And yet dealing with living apart as husband and wife is something people deal with regularly.  We are not alone.  I look around to find seeds of hope.

One couple in our church is living with what I believe is his third extended multi-year military deployment in a war in a distant country.

What Mary and I are experiencing is nothing like what they live with every day.  I have great gratitude for our veterans and family members who have done this for generations.

They are an encouragement to me. And I realize, I am not alone.

And isn’t this true for many of our life challenges?  It helps to remember we are not alone.  We are not ultimately by ourselves, even when it feels that way.

My hope for you is that you will be reminded during this Advent Season that God intervened into this world to remind us that we are loved, and that we are not alone.

I am thankful.