Pastor Matthew Winters (aka The Comeback Pastor) wrote this much needed article. Unfortunately, I too, have several friends and family serving in ministry who have unexpectedly found themselves divorced. Even more disheartening is that the majority of them have been women of God, serving in church, suddenly deciding to leave their husband, their children, their church (some leaving church altogether), and their ministries. Their husbands are left heartbroken, branded for being divorced (among believers and nonbelievers), have the burden of trying to explain to their children in a godly and loving manner why their mother no longer wants to live with them (some no longer having contact), and given the burden to play mom and dad financially, mentally, physically, spiritually all while so broken and often fighting a deep depression. I pray for our broken brothers and sisters, and praise God that He knows all, and is ever present, a healer, and a God that KNOWS sometimes our pain causes us to be hurt, bitter, to lash out, and to question everything we know about Him. He WANTS us to come to Him with ALL of our hurts, doubts, and yes even anger. Please join me, as you read, in praying for all those who are suffering from abandonment, separation, and divorce. “May you, dear God, be their guide, their comfort, their provision, their mercy, their grace, and their renewed hoped. Help them to keep trusting you, even if it means having no idea how you will work things out… the purest form of faith! In your Son’s Holy name we pray, the One who truly knows the deep scars of abandonment, rejection, and betrayal. Amen.
When I knew divorce for me was imminent, I believed what I was trained – divorce means you’re done. Fortunately, I had some godly counselors who let me know otherwise. So I told God, “I will proceed to obey Your call upon my life. If You don’t want to use me, I pray You will stop me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” He’s still using me. But I don’t want to focus on my story today. I want to focus on the stories of a few others of whom you may or may not be familiar.
One is a man named Ray Jones. He was a minister of music in Texas when he came home to a goodbye note from his wife. She no longer wanted to be married to a man in ministry. His church fired him, and he saw no foreseeable future in ministry. A pastor who had just…
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