“I still can’t bring myself to tell people I am divorced.” Linda shared with her Recovering from Divorce group. She had been divorced for over three years, and the shame of being divorced and Catholic still held her hostage. This is very common. I must admit that it has been almost thirteen years since my divorce and it is not something that I share with pride.
If you struggle with the shame of divorce, you are not alone. When Jesus walked the earth, he went out of his way to embrace those that felt outcast by society. He sought them out. They were HIS people. He defended them, he cured them, and he loved them. He turned their shame into joy.
Well, you are HIS people, too. Don’t ever forget that. So, the next time you are feeling the shame of your divorce, remember that Jesus sees past your circumstances and into your heart. He longs to remove whatever regret he finds there. To him, you are his greatest treasure. Allow him to wipe off any stain from your past so that you may become radiant with his joy!
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. Psalm 34:6-7