Praying Through Grief

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Praying Through Grief

I’m a worrier. This morning as I had my coffee and read the Wall Street Journal, I literally held up a section of the paper and said aloud, “God, this world is so f*%#ed up!”

I usually don’t use that word, but It seemed to be the best word to describe the overwhelming sense of sadness, corruption and pain all over the world. I thought, “what can I do?” What can anyone possibly do to make a dent in all of this dysfunction and chaos?

There Is No Shortage of Hardships

Last night, I tore out a recent Time Magazine article entitled, “The End of Alimony: The American divorce is undergoing its biggest change in decades. Call it the revenge of the second wives.” In short, the new wives are pissed off that their husband has to pay alimony.

There are more midlife R.A.D.I.C.A.L. women than I can count who are facing foreclosure on their homes, moving in with their children, or renting small apartments after being married for 25 or 30 years.

In most cases, the wasband has found a younger women and abandoned his family to fend for themselves. And to make matters worse, many of these women had given up their own careers to help their husband do well in his, and to raise their children.

Trusting God With Your Worries

Our world is full of so much sadness and so many hard situations. This morning I was reading my devotional, and got a much needed reminder of God’s perspective:

“I am all around you, like a cocoon of Light. My presence with you is a promise, independent of your awareness of Me. Many things can block this awareness, but the major culprit is worry. My children tend to accept worry as an inescapable fact of life. However, worry is a form of unbelief: it is anathema to Me.”

Who is in charge of your life? If it is you, then you have good reason to worry. But if it is God, then worry is both unnecessary and counterproductive.

When you start to feel anxious about something, relinquish the situation to Him. God is in control of everything and He will guide you through the hard situations, and show you how to shine His light to help others through theirs.

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Suzy developed Midlife Divorce Recovery as a safe refuge for people healing and surviving the overwhelm of divorce. Starting her first RADiCAL support group in 2003 she's been helping women navigate the journey of divorce ever since.