Support for people hurt by divorce
by Joan Wordell
Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, Mass., offers DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K), support programs for adults and kids that are going through a separation or a divorce. These programs help bring people hurting from divorce together to find hope and heal from their situations as they understand more about the love of the Lord.
In many situations, a divorce or a separation causes people to feel unloved or even unworthy of love. That’s why, chapter by chapter, the support group opens up the layers of people’s lives to heal the core of their hearts. It is at this point that they understand who they are and begin to see what their lives should be. Their situation doesn’t change drastically, but how they think about themselves and others often does. This new outlook helps them begin to explore how they can live in peace: peace within themselves, peace with others and peace with God.
The program is based on many major life issues: facing anger, facing depression, facing loneliness, God’s guidance, new relationships, finances, childcare, forgiveness and reconciliation. Each session is presented so that the person attending is searching themselves to find peace, to heal from past situations and to focus on having a relationship with God, who is constantly in our lives. The more we share in the group session, the more the group becomes our family. The more a person attends the sessions, the more they begin to feel God’s love and know they are not alone.
In the group we share our stories and we share Bible verses to give people hope and bring them closer to God. One that often helps is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
If you know someone that is going through a divorce or separation, please share these websites with them: www.divorcecare.org and www.dc4k.org. DivorceCare connects people worldwide and without a doubt helps hurting people heal from divorce.
Joan Wordell is a member of Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, MA