The women of the Among Women panel have entered into each other’s sorrows. Now it’s time to share their joys. Here is Elnora’s story.
Elnora: Joy in God’s Healing
As a divorced woman and single mother, Elnora knows loneliness too well. Knowing the pain, however, has given her the chance to experience the healing, and it is there that she has found joy. Joy in being given the grace and strength that she needed to heal, to raise her sons alone, and to find happiness in her new life.
“The biggest joy is God’s healing,” she says. “Not only from the pain of having an unfaithful husband, but of the loneliness.”
God has healed this loneliness not only through His presence, but also through meaningful relationships with other people. Through the years, Elnora has treasured precious relationships with other single women that probably wouldn’t have been possible had she still been married. There’s also her tight-knit group of friends that began as a support group for divorced women.
“[They’re] somebody to talk to when you’re going through painful times,” she says. “Or you want to talk about your children, and you want to go home and talk to your husband and he’s not there.”
Over time, they’ve helped each other past much of the pain.
“The ones who wanted to stay in their pity parties kinda quit coming,” Elnora says, and now the group mostly gets together to have a lot of fun. They spend time together, even travel together, simply enjoying each other’s company.
Seeing God provide for her sons as she raised them alone has been another deep joy. Because they lacked a positive role model in their father, Elnora was worried that her sons would have nowhere to turn to see what it meant to be a good husband and father. She is deeply grateful to the church for stepping into that gap. It is a continual source of joy for her to see her sons happily, successfully married, and being good fathers to their own children. In this she sees that the pain of her sphere has given her the opportunity to know God as a God of redemption, protection, and provision.