Dear God – I realize that litigated divorce focuses on blame and taking advantage of the weaknesses and imperfections of others. As a collaborative divorce attorney, I help couples focus on solutions and strengths at a very difficult time. I am grateful to be a member of a highly trained team of legal, financial and parenting professionals who empower couples to reach peaceable settlements which meet their individual and shared interests, goals and concerns and which protect their children from harm.
God, in my peacemaking and in service to You and my clients, please help me to assure them that You are always present for everyone in the process of divorce.
May Your light shine in the darkness of divorce so that the couples we serve can find You.
Collaborative divorce professionals, like me, use interest-based negotiation techniques to reach settlements. There is give and take, bargaining and compromise in the process. But, as my Brother in Christ, The Rev. Canon John W. Newton, wisely said in a sermon, You, our God, do not engage in interest-based negotiation with Your children. You do not bargain with us. Your holy presence and love are unconditional gifts to everyone as part of Your grace.
To those divorcing couples who are gravely troubled that they are breaking their covenant with You, please let them know one inexhaustible part of Your redemption–though sadly their marriages come and go, Your love is forever. Amen
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Jack H. Emmott is a Senior Counsel of Gray, Reed & McGraw, LLP, a 120-lawyer full service firm in Houston, Texas, a Board-Certified Family Law and Master Credentialed Collaborative Law Professional Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Author, Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker. For more information about Jack or his latest book, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love, go to the Bending Angel website.