People lose so much during a divorce… family, friends, belongings, reputations, health, etc. This type of loss makes it easy to feel hopeless, especially when it seems as if your future appears to hold nothing but sadness and negativity. This is precisely the point where you can become discouraged and lose hope.
But here’s the good news: Hope is born out of poverty, and these losses you’ve experienced are exactly what Christ taught about in the Beatitudes. Experiencing poverty is really the only way to find hope – when we are poor. In divorce, we experience not only financial poverty, but a spiritual and emotional poverty as well. Instead of losing hope, I challenge you to recognize the fact that hope is your elevator back up to the top floor and your poverty has opened the door to the elevator. And if you argue that things are just too bad, too rotten for anything good to come along in the future then reconsider your level of faith in who God actually is; He is the Almighty, the Creator. God can do anything. God does not give according to your merits, He gives according to your hope, according to your faith. So stand up, brush yourself off, and take the elevator of hope to the top floor where you can see the sun rise on a new day!
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
– Matthew 5: 3-10