The Meaning of Wedding Vows

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

Several years ago, someone told me the story of a young couple in another city. The wife, in her early 30’s, was informed that she had breast cancer. The evening before her mastectomy her husband came by her hospital room. He did not touch her. He simply said, “I cannot live with a breastless woman. I will be filing for a divorce.” When I was told this tragic story, I questioned it. My informant assured me that it was a true story.

What a contrast to my friends Jim and Jane (not their real names) who are walking through a very difficult time with Jane suffering from a malignant brain tumor. Continue reading

June: The Wedding Month

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

It is premarital season. The Christmas rings are sparkling. Wedding plans are under way. June is just around the corner. Have you, pastor or counselor, engaged the engaged for a series of premarital counseling sessions? If not, you should seek to do so immediately. Continue reading

Reminiscence Brings the Anticipation of Hope

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

Some twenty-three years ago we moved from a major city to a small town outside of Birmingham, Alabama, in mid-April. Earlier, just after the New Year, a young woman came to me for counseling. Through her tears she related how she no longer loved her husband and desired to divorce him. Overall her countenance projected a different story. In God’s providence she was the last case of the day, and so I was able to take some extra time to listen to her. After about forty-five minutes I asked if I could make several inquires. Still crying, she managed a “sure.” Continue reading