Devotionals by Dennis Rainey

 

MAY 24

Splitting Headache 

“For I hate divorce,” says the LORD, the God of Israel. MALACHI 2:16
 
This poem was written by Jen Abbas, then an 18-year-old child of divorce. I’ve arranged it a little differently on this page than it appears in her book, Generation EX, to make it fit. Its message is too important to allow form to quiet its voice. Listen to “The Eruption.” Divorce is like a trembling earthquake, The world shakes, rumbling with rage, And all the anger, guilt, and frustrations That have been festering for so long below the surface Suddenly spew upward in an inferno of hate or apathy. At times the earth calms and you think the turmoil is over, Settled, stable, but then the cycle begins again, Repeating, repeating, repeating. 
You are weary, you want to rest, And that is when you realize the shaking has stopped, But there is an eerie feeling lurking in the air. 
 
You are hesitant to believe anything anymore, You are so tired after struggling for so long, And so you rest on the one solid patch of land, Only to watch it split in two, Two separate, distinct parts that will never come together again. Each new patch supports part of you, And as you watch, they pull away. This is the type of poem that breaks my heart because it represents so many children who are torn apart by divorce. No matter what you are experiencing in your marriage, and no matter how tough it is, just remember the impact that staying together will have on your children. 
 
DISCUSS 
Promise each other that this will never be the heart’s cry of your children. Talk about who you should consider sending this poem to right now. 
 
PRAY 
Pray for the children of divorce today, who are struggling to be loved and to belong. Pray for a friend who is moving toward a split. 

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Dennis Rainey is the president and cofounder of FamilyLife® a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ, and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Dennis is senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series® and daily host of the nationally syndicated and award winning radio program FamilyLife Today® He was the recipient of the National Religious Broadcasters Radio Program Producer of the Year Award for 1995 and 2003. Dennis has authored numerous books including Staying Close, a winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

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