Rubies Lead to Adventure

Rubies Lead to Adventure. Regretfully, today we find that close to 50 percent of all marriages end up in divorce. Marriage is a life investment. If it disintegrates, it is difficult to accept. For anyone undergoing a divorce, it is like undergoing a death. There is a correlation between the two. Part of the divorcee dies in the process. This novel tries to address the pain and hurt felt in that process. Normally, it takes about two years to process that pain so that the divorcee can begin to love and trust again before attempting to enter a new relationship. The intervening two years can be a rollercoaster of emotions dealing with the grief/denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and eventually acceptance of the reality.

In this novel, the central character had been given four rubies by her father and mother as she left home to start a new life in the United States. Rubies are traditionally believed to lead to adventure. In this case, the adventure first took a downturn. The first love ended in divorce with its ensuing hurt and pain. Eventually, she reached true love in a new relationship. She felt the rubies played a role in the whole adventure. She was supported by her church community in the process and donated the four rubies to the church. The pastor inserted them into the hands and feet of the statue of the Risen Lord, which was one of the focal points of the church. It seemed to make the statue come alive.

--Michael Flannery



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