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     A divorce, like any loss, takes its toll on everyone. Whether you are the spouse who's lost your partner to cheating or a child struggling with why Daddy moved out, divorce affects the entire family. Simple prayers — healing prayer for anger at the ex, prayer for grief of lost marriage, blessing for children of divorce, and thanksgiving for new life after divorce— offer the believer's pain of a divorce to God.

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Melissa M. Roberts is a freelance writer, spiritual director, and teacher. Melissa has a BA in History from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, graduate coursework in Medieval History from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, a Masters in Theological Study from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va, and nine units Clinical Pastoral Education, interfaith ministry and relationship training, from the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education in Peachtree, Georgia.

A former hospital and hospice chaplain, Melissa now teaches meditation, world religions, history, and violin. She offers stress management workshops, facilitates spiritual retreats, and offers spiritual direction via phone, email, or in person within an hour of Parsons, Kansas U.S.A.

A former hospital and hospice chaplain, Melissa now teaches meditation, world religions, history, and violin. She offers stress management workshops, facilitates spiritual retreats, and offers spiritual direction via phone, email, or in person within an hour of Parsons, Kansas U.S.A.
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Prayer for Anger with the Ex

    Anger is a natural emotion when a person has been wronged. Whether fueled by cheating or simply growing apart, divorce can cause deep-seated anger at an ex-husband or wife because the marriage, a sacred institution, did not last. Sometimes, the anger about a divorce may seem uncontrollable and overwhelming. The following prayer offers an example to help a grieving divorcee heal his or her anger and offer it to God:

"God of anger, your Son broke tables at the temple out of anger. I, too, am angry because [explain reasons for anger, such as ex's nasty email or losing the dog in the settlement]. Be with me when I want to scream, and hold me when I feel like crying. Let me share my anger with you, that I may not lash out at others during this divorce, and grant me hope in You that I may find love again. Amen."

For added support, try imagining God or another beloved person such as a favorite parent or friend holding you in God's name when you do want to scream or cry, that you may express the anger surrounding the divorce to someone who deeply cares. On really bad days, repeat the phrase, "grant me hope in You that I may find love again."

Prayer for Grief of Broken Marriage

Anger and grief are common responses to the loss of a marriage and life together. The partners themselves, as well as their children, friends, and family will all grieve the loss of what might have been in their different ways. The following prayer offers the grief of a broken marriage to God:

"God of life and death, now that my marriage is over, be with me as I create a new life for myself. I honor and thank you for the good times with [insert name of former spouse]. Be with me as a rant, grieve, and seek to heal from the nightmare of divorce. Though I feel alone now that I've lost [insert name of former spouse], remind me that You will never leave nor forsake me. Grant me new life, that I may journey bravely through my broken marriage to the next stage of my life in You. Amen."

    Caring family or friends concerned about another person experiencing a divorce might share this or another prayer on the divorcee's behalf. A believer struggling with divorce and anger at an ex might repeat this prayer while reflecting on different positive memories of the marriage as part of the grieving process.

Blessing for Children of Divorce

     Divorce can be painful and confusing for children caught in the middle of two parents' separation. The following prayer seeks God's protection and comfort for children struggling with their parents' divorce:

"God of mercy and love, You asked the little children to come to you. Be with [insert names of child or children struggling with divorce] as they are caught in a nightmare, the separation of their parents and their life as they know it. Remind [insert names of child or children] that You and their parents still love them and that this divorce is not their fault. Hold [insert names of child or children] close in Your loving arms, and grant them the light of Your love to weather the dark storms of divorce, now and always. Amen."

     Older children might offer this prayer on their own behalf. If desired, pause before the prayer's last sentence and share with God all the struggles and hurts of the divorce.

Thanksgiving for New Life After a Divorce

    Healing from a divorce takes time for everyone in the family. Parents must forge new relationships with each other separate from their marriage, and children learn to seek support and love from both their parents separately. The following prayer thanks God for such victories in the healing of a divorce:

"God of power and love, thank you for bringing new life in the midst of divorce. [Share specific incident of new life, such as a first date post divorce or a child accepting the parents living apart]. We rejoice that the hell of divorce has ended, and the process of new loves and relationships has begun. Bless everyone affected by divorce [share names if desired], that Your healing love may continue to bring love and life despite this broken marriage in our broken world. Amen."

Divorce affects the marriage partners as well as their children, families, and all who love them. With prayer, a Christian can seek God's continual support in surviving and healing a broken marriage.