A prayer for people going through divorce

Praise be to You, O unchanging God,
who journeys with us through life’s joyous and sorrowful seasons,
for though You never ordain suffering,
You help us to make sense of love’s purpose when hardship befalls us.

Be still in the silence and aware of God’s love with and within you[1]

Ever-loving God we thank You for love shared and lives joined together.
We hold before You memories of good times and bad times
as we acknowledge the thoughts and feelings within us today:
sorrow and grief at the dream we have lost of what love and marriage and family was supposed to be,
frustration, anger and confusion at how we have gotten to this point,
guilt and shame at things that we have said and done that have contributed to the breakdown of our relationship,
fear and anxiety over what the future holds for us.

Instill in us this day, a sense of Your resurrection power
and a reassurance of Your constant presence.
Walk closely with us as mourning turns to gladness
and the trial and turmoil of this change
is transformed into the hopefulness of possibility.
Heal our woundedness,
forgive our faults,
and restore to us the certainty that we are loved by You.

Be especially present with friends and family who do not understand the full extent of our journey and help us to be patient with their questions, their criticisms and their advice.

Guide us in caring for our children and creating new households full of Your love so that we might deal with them daily with wisdom, gentleness and affection.

Sustainer of all, hold our past with compassion, our present with Your tender mercy, and our dreams with the fullness of new life in You.

Amen

 

 

[1] A line adopted from Tess Ward’s “The Celtic Wheel of the Year,” 2007, Hants: O Books.

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