Seek to Love in Your Pain…Not Hide in Shame

they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been….(Re 6:11).

You’re not alone in your struggle. There are others who’ve walked a similar, painful journey as you. They too have had to deal with the same kind of betrayal, loss, and heartache that you have or are now facing as you.
 
Many of us, in our struggle to keep pushing through forget that there’s power in sharing our story. You see, when we do, it connects with other people sharing in the same kind of struggles. It helps us to know and understand that we are not, nor have we ever been alone. Sometimes shame wants to convince me that I’m the only one, there’s no one else out there like me and what I’ve found myself in is all my fault and that people are immensely disappointed in me.
 
Shame has a way of keeping us from bridging our lives with others in a way that fosters healing. You see, radical love is lived out with one another when we take radical steps of faith towards the people who are hurting just like us. I’ll be honest, when I’m hurting the last thing I want to do is go and love someone else. I tend to become consumed by my own thoughts and pain. Yet, whenever I reach out to connect my heart with someone else I find that there’s healing not just for them, but for me too.
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Sometimes I think our healing is delayed because we keep waiting for people to come to us when God might be asking us to simply reach out in our broken humanity to another human being in need of His radical love. One of the most powerful things I can do is give someone the gift of going second. Whenever I share my story, the gross, disgusting parts that are full of pain, I now give someone else the opportunity to say, “me too.” Bridging my heart to theirs where God walks across with the two of us towards His healing, radical love.
 
Lord, I know that I have never been alone. I have everything that I need in you. Lord Jesus, be the joy and delight of my heart. Help me to always be vulnerable and transparent so that you can connect my story with others in a way that fosters healing, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.

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