In this life we can always find someone who has suffered as we have, or who have experienced far worse trauma than ours. These facts do not negate the pain that we are experiencing, but it sometimes brings us comfort to know that we are not alone.
The deeper issues we face is when these traumatic experiences disrupt our current feelings of peace and safety. These memories block our intimacy with God, our self and others.
We cannot deny these events, or dismiss them as unimportant or make excuses for the perpetrator of these crimes toward us. We must take them seriously in order to heal and face the future with more optimism and less anxiety.
Praying together with our spouse, best friend or counselor will expose these issues, bring healing and save our current relationships from the negative effect of our past experiences. We put our guard down and allow our self to be more vulnerable in our current relationships.
God will also use His Word to instruct us and heal us from the inside out. The Bible is a two-edged sword that divides our soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12), and gives our spirit a chance to mature without the hindrances of our wounded soul.
As we learn to trust the Lord, we can open up our self to others; knowing we may be mistreated or misunderstood, but being willing to be vulnerable in order to enrich our life.
Opening up the dialogue of honest communication with our ego states within us as well as between us and our significant others will do much to improve our marriage, our parental commitments and our fellowship with those in our church family and community.
Father God, we know that You allowed the wounds of our past to make us more compassionate with others who experience similar issues. You comfort us through these events, so that we can comfort others with the same liberation You give to us (2 Corinthians 1:4).
Open our eyes, ears and heart so that we will be in tune with the people you bring our way each day. Some of them may resent what they consider our interference or nosiness when we show that we care, and when we tell them Your Gospel story; but many will appreciate our concern and care for their well-being and some of them will trust their life to You like we did.
Thought for the Day:
When we fail to honestly and humbly communicate our thoughts, feelings and needs with one another, we hinder our intimacy, and our trust is weakened; however, when we do share our true heart with one another, our relationships are much more open, fulfilling and deeper.