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The gospel reunites couple divorced 50 years

In this undated photo, Harold Holland and Lillian Barnes pose for a photo in Lexington, Ky. The two, who were married in 1955 and divorced in 1968, are getting married again 50-years later on April 14, 2018, at Trinity Baptist Church in Lexington. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Harold Holland, 83, and Lillian Barnes, 78, ended their marriage in 1967 after having five children in just eight-and-a-half years.

A half century after getting a divorce, a couple in USA plans to get married again after finding faith.

They weren’t Christians when they got married on Dec. 24, 1955 but shortly after they divorced they both began attending different churches.

“I think the fact that we had the kids so fast and he worked every day while I stayed home with the kids [was what caused the end of our marriage],” Lillian told The Christian Post from her home in Kentucky on Monday. “We just didn’t really have any time [for each other]. You grow apart whenever you don’t have the time to enjoy each other.”

“After the divorce I started going to church and he did too, and it’s been a journey,” said Lillian.

In the following years, Lillian married Ted Malin and had two more children. Ted died of a massive heart attack in 1986, according to the Herald Leader. She then remarried in 1988 to Arval Barnes and they stayed together until he died in January 2015.

Harold ended up marrying Maudie Corum, a widow with three children, in 1975. She died of liver disease in 2015.

Now both alone, the couple that started life together rekindled their passion for each other at a recent family reunion and began planning to spend the rest of their lives together in December 2017.

Their wedding date is set for April 14 at Trinity Baptist Church where Lillian is a member. Their grandson, Joshua Holland, a minister from New Orleans, is expected to officiate the ceremony.

Harold, who attends the South Elkhorn Baptist Church, told the Herald Leader, “We decided we want to walk the last mile together.”

The Christian Post asked if it was faith that brought them back together, Lillian said, “absolutely.”

“Well it has a big impact. We’re both church members. He goes to one church and I go to the other one, but we’ll change that I’m sure when we get married. You gotta have faith or otherwise you won’t get around in this world much,” she told CP. “I guess we’d always had the faith that one day we’d be back together.”

Asked what advice he had for married couples, Harold said: “Pay more attention to each other. Make time for each other.”

“I wasn’t able to take care of five kids. We were in a small town where we didn’t know anybody. Didn’t have any babysitters or anything where we could just take the night out, go somewhere to a movie or whatever,” Lillian told Christian Post

“I think the advice for a man is to pay more attention to his wife. Pay more attention to her needs as far as getting away from the kids for a while. Have some time to herself or just basically we didn’t even take time to get them in church or anything because there was five of them,” she said.

Musing on her pending marriage Monday, Lillian said: “I’m feeling good about it. I feel I have the faith, I feel like it’s gonna work and we’ll be happy. We’re happy right now.”

Additional Reporting by Agencies.

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