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This is what makes us useful, helpful, serviceable – if you will – in the healing of others. towering, inspiring examples of endurance, resilience, strength, and hope.But we need to be willing to show and share our brokenness. We can be strong and beautiful in our broken places, and our brokenness is never more precious than when we use it as a source of power to bring healing and hope to others.From a distance, it looked like every other tree, but up close you could see that it was really special. The brokenness healed, the astonishing resilience of that tree made it uniquely beautiful and gave it character that set it apart from every other tree in the forest. Nobody else knew, but every time I looked at it I thought, “Broken and imperfect.” Those of you who heard me preach about “perfection” in January may remember my saying then that “The expectation of perfection – in ourselves and others – is a recipe for unhappiness and loneliness.” My focusing on the imperfection in my bowl was a source of unhappiness in my life, caused entirely by how I chose to think about what it means to be “broken.” If it made me unhappy to think about the imperfection of a broken bowl, then imagine what it was like to entertain the notion that was broken myself.When I went to seminary, I was introduced to the idea of the minister as a “wounded healer.” I’ll confess, at first I thought it was complete nonsense; more of that touchy feeling liberal claptrap better suited to the Birkenstock wearing granola crunchers in Berkeley than a rational minded and psychologically sound soul like me.

Home Page | Radios by Maker | Gallery of Radios | Terms & Conditions | FAQ New Radios! The difference between “victim” and “survivor” is important.“Victimhood” acknowledges brokenness, and that suffering needs to be honored and held gently and kindly; “survivor” is an affirmation of strength and wholeness, its signals triumph over trauma and healing from harm.I’m reading Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book in which he talks about South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission that worked to heal the wounds of 34 years of apartheid in that country. All were victims, even those who victimized others.He wrote of the 15 members of the multi-racial Commission, all religious leaders, attorneys, and educated professionals “We learned to our chagrin that we were a microcosm of South African society, more deeply wounded than we had at first imagined. And I would submit to you that America is not so very different.

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