by Gary Priour, HCYR Founder
The spiritual dimension enters into life as a mystery that cannot be rationally explained or easily put into words. Yet it is as ever-present as the air we breathe.
For those who have experienced early childhood trauma, such as loss of parents or serious abuse, the spiritual journey can be complicated by the presence of crippling emotional complexes rooted in anger and fear.
“Clearing the lens” can be a long and arduous task, and no quick fixes can replace patience while healing finds its own way beneath the surface. One key to mentoring the abused is to language the healing process as an evolving one, avoiding the harm that can come from misinterpreting a stage as final. So, we encourage children and teenagers to proceed with life, even as they hurt, taking one step at a time, anticipating progress.
Certainly, we can coach them to experience the down side of life without despairing, to view their sufferings as a season. We can remind them of the sufferings of Christ himself, and that, if greatly abused, they are members of an honored group.
In the long run, there is good news about being a wounded person, provided bitterness does not close the heart. After all, the darker a person’s journey has been, the more the light will be appreciated when the dawn comes. Grace – which lights candles in the darkness to spare us disaster, and Love – which lifts us up, dusts us off, and welcomes us home – seem determined to keep us company, if we will abide them, until the dawn arrives.
For a light shines in the darkness, and the darkness overcomes it not. — John 1:5