Do you feel lonely? Lonely to the point of deep discouragement? Going through a divorce can make it seem like no one is on your side. This is the perfect time to contemplate Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane as He waited for Judas to lead the soldiers to Him and take Him into custody.
His suffering was intense to the point that His sweat turned to blood. He agonized for the sins of all mankind and He knows you are suffering a similar pain, a moral suffering because of the destruction of your family.
Christ becomes frustrated when He sees the apostles have fallen asleep. All He asked them to do was watch and pray. Jesus knows how you feel in the wake of those who have let you down.
At last, the soldiers arrive and Judas approaches Him, kissing Him on the cheek and calling Him, “Master.” Jesus’ heart was broken for Judas’s hardened one. He understands very well your own heart that has been broken by betrayal.
When you are feeling beaten down and discouraged by the suffering caused by your divorce, get away to a quiet place and contemplate Jesus in the garden. Meditate on that scene and place yourself in the story, sitting next to Him. Unite your suffering with His and take consolation in the fact that the joy of the Ressurection is just a short time away, and you will share in that joy.
On the day I cried out, you answered; you strengthened my spirit (Psalm 138:3).