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Lenten Devotional – Day 34 – The Unintended Detour of Divorce

Scripture: Psalm 139:1–3

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Lord, you have seen what is in my heart.
    You know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know what I’m thinking even though you are far away.
You know when I go out to work and when I come back home.
    You know exactly how I live.

Embarrassing, gut wrenching, anger-centered…not the words for a season of joy and gladness, but nonetheless the words often the center-pieces of a divorce.

With initial intentions of full-speed-ahead happiness, there is no thought of a wrong turn in a marriage relationship that goes sour…and all the detritus of destruction that goes along with it: bad words, ruined relationships, and inappropriate behavior. Joy and gladness have left the station for parts unknown.

Even if we, in despair, deny that anything can exist after a detour into divorce, Psalm 139 reminds us that God knows all of our inner struggles especially when we don’t want to share them.

God is always the same. He brings wholeness in a relationship with him even if we don’t think we are worthy of any future slice of happiness. In my
case, a chance meeting with my future partner in marriage happened with an intervention divinely directed (I’m sure of this!) A new relationship of Godgiven hope and happiness I never thought possible came my way, one for which I intend to cherish always. I am thankful that God’s house is one of hopeful happiness for us all.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for standing up for us, even when we think we will never stand again. Amen.

  – Anonymous – Henrico County, Virginia

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