Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Letter to a Grieving Divorcee

I recently wrote a friend of ours whose divorce was finalized. Linda and I meet so many people in this situation that I thought I'd post it here, with appropriate changes.

BTW - "amicable divorce" is an oxymoron, like "Microsoft Works."







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Hi _____, I'm glad you called. Some of my thoughts are... (if they don't fit please forgive me)...


  • The finalization of a divorce, not matter how bad the marriage was, is like lowering a dead body in a grave and burying it. Divorce is the death of hopes and dreams that a husband and wife had when they stood before God and pledged their love and fidelity "until death do us part." The idea was never "until the marriage dies."
  • The God-given, emotional response to death (the final loss of something precious) is grief. You are now experiencing grief, a word that covers a range of emotions. In the aftermath of death, grief remains.
  • Grieving can do its work if one has a community that absorbs the grief. Linda and I (and others) are part of that community, for you. 
  • Jesus knows grief. He is "a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief." "He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" - Isaiah 53:3.
  • Continue to dwell in Him. Before Jesus went to the cross He instructed His disciples: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you... If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him." (John 14:18, 23) The Jesus said, "Abide in Me, and I in you." (John 15:4)
  • We are promised that, as we live the abiding life in Him, our lives shall bear much fruit. Even for the grieving person who abides in Christ, God continues to bear lasting fruit in and through them. This remains true for you.
  • Finally, any real or perceived condemnation you feel coming from others who wonder about your divorce is not from God. All of us are in the same boat here. We've all sinned and fallen short of God's glory; all our sin and failure has been crucified with Christ; now sin and death no longer rule, but Grace Rules. Where Grace Rules (and Law no longer does), no condemnation can come against us. Therefore, I bless you today with the freedom we share because Christ reigns in our lives.
Love,

John (and Linda)