”Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)” As I am called to be a peacemaker this Advent,  I pray often for my former husband who left our marriage after thirty years. I determined early on that holding the anger and resentment and suffering only created more pain for myself and affected him not at all. I started by asking God to forgive him for me since I wasn’t ready yet for that step. I thanked the Lord for holding the space for me while I caught up and thanked him for holding my heart in His and for wiping my tears away with His love. It wasn’t an easy journey and I won’t say it doesn’t still hurt. But I discovered that a heart filled with gratitude, clarity and the love of the Lord heals injustice without blame or judgment. Divorce is excruciating. However, when I  pray for my ex to find peace in Christ and joy in knowing that he is a true son of God, my soul rests in peace.

by Gracie