If My Husband Had Possessed Wealth: An Alternative Prenuptial Agreement
I must have been pretty disgusted with the whole Valentine's Day thing to have written this. I notice this wasn't even on Facebook. Hmmm, I wonder if something like this really would fly in court! Again, I found inspiration in a lyric from the band.
February 12, 2010
Lately, some friends and I have been disgusted with the whole commercialized affair called Valentine's Day, so absolutely feigned, fake, superficial, you name it! In my case, it just rubs salt, cayenne, and all kinds of abrasives in the wound. So I decided to turn the whole thing on its ear! Part of the discussion has included some idle joking--forgive us, Lord--about going somewhere such as Alaska and finding some wealthy guy. Well, that sort of got me thinking: what kind of prenuptial contract would I have drawn up if my dear Ray had possessed substance of which to speak. Actually, by the time I get around to posting this, Valentine's Day will have passed, thank God! So here goes. I doubt if this would hold up in any court of law, but perhaps it will--if the Lord so honors me--keep some out of said court.
We, the undersigned, hereby agree first and foremost that the word divorce shall NEVER enter our vocabulary. We further agree that the only allowances for leaving shall be unfaithfulness or violence. If, due to the hardness of the human heart, one party chooses to leave, then the other agrees to give what is necessary for survival of the other mate and any children that shall come or take only what is necessary for such, depending on which party earns or is capable of earning more. The amount shall be determined by a study of the recipient's demographics by an independent expert.
Matthew 19:7-9 (King James Version)
7They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
8He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
We therefore also agree to exhaust all possible options under Heaven and Earth before resorting to that step which causes irreparable damage to self and children.
Matthew 19:5-6 (King James Version)
5And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Children from any previous marriage shall be one separate consideration. Any assets intended for those children shall be distributed, as much as possible, prior to the upcoming marriage so as to avoid any misunderstandings or assumptions. Those that cannot be distributed at the time shall be discussed according to the actual or projected amounts/percentages at time of death.
Last but certainly not least, we agree to submit our lives and our relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that by doing so, we stand a much better chance of withstanding the storms that would drive us to consider divorce.
Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.
9Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
11Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
12And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Of course, neither of my husbands possessed any substance that warranted such a contract; nor do I. But a good friend and I have been praying for several who may have such assets, and one of my particular prayers is that they all either have already or will eventually find that "real thing" wished for in one of my favorite songs that I already mentioned in a previous entry, "Gotta Be Somebody" by Nickelback:
So I'll be waiting for the real thing, I'll know it by the feeling
I won't debate whether feelings are the best way for this wonderful lyricist to know the real thing; that's for another time. But I think my friend would agree that we're both tired of hearing about somebody or other suing the pants off the other person for everything, and it's not just those with wealth. So here's the challenge: Will we celebrate and support lasting love all year or just one day? By the way, I dare anyone to use the above sample in court!