Holidays are supposed to be “happy and bright,” right? But every year I hear from people for whom the holiday season is anything but that. Just yesterday a friend asked me, “How do you deal with depression?” A few days ago a group of ladies gathered in my home, and every single one of them had some sadness connected with the Christmas season. It’s sometimes hard to push through the holiday blues.
How do you walk towards healing after loss, abuse or some other traumatic situation? In this fascinating discussion with author of Love Letters from the Edge, Shelly Beach, learn the keys to how God can help you overcome emotional pain.
Think back to the times you’ve made some significant step forward – overcoming a bad habit, developing a new skill, learning a significant new insight, or breaking free from something negative in your past. Did that forward step come when things were easy? We don’t usually grow in comfort, but your troubles lead to transformation.
We all need to receive healing from God. (And if you believe you’re the exception, you need an extra special kind of healing!) I believe healing is perhaps the deepest meaning of redemption. Something has happened to us on the inside that has left us seriously broken. And even forgiveness, as wonderful as it is, provides only a partial answer. Those steps to healing have some common characteristics for each of us.
The need for healing comes in many varieties;
The child abused or neglected during his most formative years
The woman used for someone else’s pleasure so long she believes that’s all she’s good for
The addict whose soul, body, mind, future, and finances are completely controlled by an outside substance or behavior
The “good” church member exhausted from endlessly doing good things so she will look good
The spouse left hopeless, angry, and bitter from decades of marriage misery
The man whose unhealthy lifestyle has left him with humanly incurable diseases
The woman whose genes, choices, and circumstances leave her depressed and anxious
The parent, spouse, child, sibling, or friend grieving the death of a loved one
The person who sees no future beyond poverty, persecution, violence, or slavery
Jesus applied Isaiah’s passage to Himself when He said, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:18-19)
We can hope that happens in one mysterious moment. And sometimes it does.
More often it’s a process, one in which you and I fully participate.
These steps are almost always important as you receive healing from God: