Today’s Word: ‘HEALING’ as in… speaking honestly creates much healing.
One of the gifts of this season is the opportunity to self-reflect. The ability to “think twice” to “think again” about who we are, what we’re doing here, where we’re going, and how we’re going to get there is part of what this season intends. If we’re unwilling to self-reflect; if we’re not up for taking a good honest look how we’ve hurt others by what we’ve done or said, we’re apt to continue making the same mistakes again and again.
Let’s not do that.
Let’s do this instead…
We live in a culture that – at best – doesn’t quite know how to process life’s most bewildering, perplexing issues; the hardest issues of life. We’d rather sweep them under the rug. And at worst, we can be remarkably judgmental when struggling with the issues of mental illness, mental health, PTSD, depression, and suicide.
And that’s just our culture in general.
In particular, through the centuries the church has been spectacularly guilty of missing the mark of grace and mercy by heaping guilt and shame on those who struggle.
Specifically, many have grown up with the message that those who take their own lives somehow place themselves outside of God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness and love; that somehow, when life seems darkest, when life seems utterly unbearable that God is willing to add insult to injury by utterly abandoning a broken soul.
Let me just be as clear as I can: nothing could be further from the truth.
The biblical witness reveals a God who is tenaciously in love with us, who went to extravagant lengths to show us the extent of unconditional love. There isn’t one place in either the Hebrew or Christian Scriptures that supports the notion that God’s back is turned away from anyone in their deepest pain, in their darkest hour, at their most dire moment. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Lent is the journey with Christ to the end of ourselves in order to reveal the beginning of who we’re becoming: recreated, living, breathing, resurrected people.