Monday, March 2, 2009

Moving Beyond Our Wounds

Noted author Henri Nouwen wrote more than thirty books on the spiritual life of Christians. His books inspire, teach and help us through the Christian journey. One of the themes (although not always named) that he continued to write on throughout his life was the idea that we carry a wound. And the wound we carry sometimes causes us to make decisions that are not wholly beneficial to us or others. The wound is a spiritual wound that has been inflicted upon us by others. Whether it was your parents, a friend or someone else, many of us carry a wound. In his book "The Inner Voice of Love" Nouwen says, "There are two extremes to avoid: being completely absorbed in your pain and being distracted by so many things that you stay far away from the wound you want to heal." pg. 3. In my life I have seen people run to those extremes. Some are so full of pain and sadness they are unable to see the light of Christ in their life. Others fill their life with so many things (distractions) to avoid dealing with their actual wounding. So either helpless and immobilized by pain or running, running, running. I know some folks who suffer this. If you are in the midst of a great struggle, have you considered sitting down and having a chat with God about it? Some of our wounds are small, some are so large that we cannot see them heal until God intervenes. One of the sad things about wounds are that if we are wounded, we have a tendency to wound others. Wounds make us selfish, especially when we are backed into a corner. Today is a day that you begin to heal. Call upon your Lord and Savior and ask for healing, direction and purpose. Go in peace and go with God.

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