In this world where 50% of marriages end in divorce, none of us is a stranger to it. It is just as common for one’s parents to be divorced as to remain married, and we all know and love people that are divorced, if we’re not divorced ourselves.
Of course part of the reality of divorce is that, depending on how the parents handle it, divorce can be super devastating for kids. It is always difficult for kids, but there are best-case scenarios when parents put their kids first and co-parent with teamwork and respect, and there can be worst-case scenarios when parents use kids against each other or when one parent just completely abandons the family.
An artist who goes by the pen name of “Mac” recently created a comic to show what the impact of divorce was on their family. The black-and-white images, recently published on Bored Panda, show the brutally honest reality that Mac faced as a child, and they are truly heartbreaking. The series starts with the family intact, and follows them as they break apart and the parents find new relationships.
This is how divorce played out in Mac’s life as a child, and sadly, this scenario has been played and re-played for hundreds of thousands of kids over the past few decades as divorce rates have climbed. Of course not all divorced parents handle it this way, thankfully, but no matter what the case, we do know this: divorce is always tragic, and not what God intended families to go through. However, it is sometimes unavoidable and even necessary.
What we can ALL do to support families is to ENCOURAGE our friends who are married to stay that way if at all possible. It takes hard work and it’s not always pretty, but it’s worth it! However, we can also recognize that not every marriage can be saved, and we can come along side those broken-hearted spouses and kids who are going through the pain of divorce and love and counsel them through it. This may mean moral and financial support, it may mean caring for and mentoring a child who is not your own but who needs and extra “parent,” or it may mean pitching in to meet this family’s needs in other ways. It’s important to let your divorced friends know that no matter what’s going on with THEIR family, they are still a part of yours, and of God’s.
Photos:MAC via Bored Panda