Seeking Absolution

“In your own inimitable way,” the pastor said to the young woman, “you’re a good woman. Your only real flaw is that you have a tendency to gossip a little too much, but that’s not that uncommon, is it? Women thrive on gossip.”

The man sitting next to the woman chuckled. “And you,” the pastor said, looking at the man, “you seem to be a kind, unassuming, albeit unaffectionate man, whose biggest vice is that you are happy to browse pornography sites for hours on end, rather than being the man who considers his wife’s needs.”

He paused for a long moment before continuing. “But the two you have somehow managed to raise a wonderful daughter and a bright son. And most important, you have each committed to making a 180 degree turn in order change the current downward trajectory of your marriage. As your pastor and marriage counselor, I believe if you do the hard work you have promised, you can achieve total absolution for your sins.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (inimitable), My Vivid Blog (gossip), Your Daily Word Prompt (thrive), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (little), Word of the Day Challenge (browse), The Daily Spur (daughter), Scott’s Daily Prompt (180 degrees), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (absolution).

19 thoughts on “Seeking Absolution

  1. Lauren March 14, 2022 / 6:05 pm

    Definitely not a match made in heaven.

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  2. Sadje March 14, 2022 / 6:49 pm

    The pastor is perhaps too optimistic?

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  3. Richmond Road March 14, 2022 / 7:03 pm

    Who, in their right mind, would go to a pastor for relationship advise? Better to find somebody with at least a vague grip on reality.
    A well written story, though!

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    • Fandango March 14, 2022 / 10:02 pm

      First, thanks. Second, I agree with the basis of your question.


  4. Nope, Not Pam March 15, 2022 / 12:01 am

    I’d have words for that pastor he wouldn’t like 😡

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  5. Marleen March 15, 2022 / 3:10 pm

    I like some old-timy themes (even if it’s not exactly old-time), but the idea of absolution in daily life has been really rather twisted. I’ll go mostly with poetry and philosophy.

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