Compromise | Divorce | Hope | Persecution | Perseverance | Suffering | Time

According to Gene Brown in the News-Times, dealing with the subject “What to Do When Your Spouse Asks for a Divorce,” the gist of the advice by psychiatrist Steven S. Smiring is to demand one year to straighten it out. Why one year? Dr. Smiring suggests a parable of what one year may do: The sorcerer had fallen out of favor of the court, and the king sentenced him to death. On the day of the planned execution, the sorcerer told the king that if he would allow him to live for one year, the king could become famous around the world — because the sorcerer would make the king’s horse talk. If the sorcerer failed, the king could kill him — and the sorcerer wouldn’t object. The king agreed, and the sorcerer was spared for one year and dispatched to a dungeon. A duke, who was friendly to the sorcerer, sneaked up to the dungeon and said: “You…

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