Dr. Brene Brown of The Daring WayTM, tells it like it is for all us humans, based on her years-long, intense research on shame and vulnerability. She states in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, that on the inside of each of us, we contain an infinite power – the power of our light.
Spiritual abuse attempts to squash that light out of existence, casting us back into shame and disconnection. She says that the secret to rising above all that misery lies in owning our story – not hiding it somewhere, making believe that it’s not worthy of sharing. That’s extremely difficult when we have been hurt badly.
Be that as it may, we each do have a light within that has been given to us by the Lord our Beloved Maker and Sustainer. The story of our lives and the difficulties we have sometimes in keeping the light going, is of the utmost value. Trauma tries to make us believe the opposite. We want to hide our light and our...
Today I’m thinking about a favorite Scripture of mine from 2 Corinthians 4:5-7, 15. St. Paul wrote to the people in the churches he founded and continued to visit for as long as he possibly could. His words ring true for us as well. Here’s the passage:
“What we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us…For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.”
This is the sum of what St. Paul preached. His words still echo in our hearts today. The truth that he’s preaching rings deep chimes,...