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On Again...Off Again...ON AGAIN! Vanessa Long Dismisses Divorce

The “irretrievably broken” marriage between Eddie and Vanessa Long is apparently not over yet. According to official DeKalb County court filings, Vanessa Long has called off plans to divorce Bishop Eddie Long. It is well known that the high profile Atlanta pastor has been accused of homosexual coercion of former male members of his New Birth congregation. But Mrs. Long is not ready to walk away, although the state of the couple’s relationship is unclear.

One of Bishop Eddie Long’s lawyers, Lawrence Cooper, confirmed that Vanessa Long had asked that the divorce petition be dismissed. But Cooper stopped short of saying the Longs were reunited according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Last year, it was revealed that the two had already been separated before any official divorce petition was filed. But neither is ready to call it quits for good.

Perhaps the two would benefit from couples counseling from a trusted source. Otherwise, it would be difficult to imagine them overcoming the huge issues that have caused such an upheaval in their union.

This is a dizzying story to cover with all the flip-flopping, but let's just pray for the Long family through this confusing time in their marriage.

And before anyone is quick to judge and say Vanessa Long should dump him right away, read Matthew 18:21-22 NIV: "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'"

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I usually try to leave poignant and well thought out comments, but all I can say here is "chiiiiiiiilllld."

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhello_there

Oh. And hopefully Matthew 18:21-22 is applicable to all and not just a select few (i.e. Christians, celebrities, or once-revered church leaders).

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhello_there

Having been in a situation almost similiar to Vanessa's, I understand the turmoil and confusion that comes along with being separated from your husband (and having kids). Although, I did not deal with the unthinkable allegations and all of the other mess, it is a very difficult time. It's like being caught between a rock and a hard place. At the time, my husband was not being the husband that he claimed God called him to be. But my children were small and I knew how hard a divorce would have been for them. I was so angry and hurt, that I wanted to find a lawyer right away. Someone should have given Vanessa the same advice that my elderly aunt gave me..."WAIT"! She told me (in all of her experience and wisdom), that when you react suddenly based on emotions, it seldom ends in a good way. She should have waited before she opened her mouth about getting a divorce, then taking it back, then filing, then taking it back...! I'm sure the embarrassment and "advice" from the media, family and others didn't help.."girl you should leave him". There are so many things to consider. If he did commit the crimes that he is being accused of, even if he doesn't admit it publicly, hopefully he can admit it to his wife, apologize and they can move forward-either together or apart. Going back and forth and dragging it out is only pouring salt in the wound...and it will never heal.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterI understand

@I understand you are right I guess it is hard on Vanessa because the thought of a man dipping in another man's ____is hard and then dipping in you. That is hard on a woman's mind. For some reason we can get past other women sleeping with our husbands but another man with another man that is a little difficult.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermaria

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