We all come from a place of hurt. Some people continue to reside in their place of hurt never choosing to leave. Other people wear their place of hurt like a well-worn, cherished article of clothing that is threadbare, torn and tattered. They slip on their place of hurt with its’ comfortable expectations rather than investing in something new like forgiveness. While other people look at their place of hurt from afar with acceptance, knowing that it will always be there – that place of hurt. They know that there is a better place to visit like peace.
Many of us, who are observers, and possibly some of the participants see these places of hurt in other’s faces, in their body language or in the interactions with others at family gatherings during the holidays, funerals, or other events with friends or co-workers. We may look away or beyond these places of hurt not wanting to get caught up in it or in an effort not to invade their private place of hurt.
These occasions remind us or return us to our own places of hurt. We either wallow in or escape from these family or social gatherings as soon as we are able often vowing never to attend the next one. Yet escapees often do return, whether it is out of a sense of obligation or perhaps out of chance at hope. We take the chances that hope has settled in that place of hurt in others or has taken root in our own. A hope for peace.
My own place of hurt
When I reflect on my own place of hurt, I can fall into any one of those categories I have mentioned. My place of hurt was written in all those lost journals I wrote about in my last post here on The Prayer Journals. As I mentioned in that last post, I can see now how my lost journals were my safe-haven. A place where I daily communicated to God about my place of hurt. A safe-haven where I could learn how to forgive, accept, and live apart from that place of hurt by writing it out and meditating on God’s Word with peace in my heart. In losing those journals, God has shown me to look forward to that place of peace and not backward to the place of hurt.
My prayer journal is my safe-haven where I can hash it all out with God rather than from my place of hurt with others.
How do we interact with others in recognition of our own places of hurt?
Our places of hurt will always be there just as sin in our lives is a constant reminder that we must always drink from the well of peace and not from the well of sorrow. The well of peace is found in God’s Word. Peace comes through writing it out in my prayer journal. My place of hurt will only fully cease to exist with I reside with God the Father in heaven. I begin again with new prayer journals. Until I reach my heavenly home and with a renewed sense of hope and desire not to reside or wear my place of hurt (or other’s place of hurt for that matter), I will invest in forgiveness and seek that place of peace in God’s Word.
From today’s prayer journal
Dear Lord, and gracious Father, forgive me for my unwillingness to see others as You see them from their place of hurt. I judge by my own place of hurt, my own standards and reject those who do no measure up. I often do not listen to those who can help me, but rather from my own selfish needs. I fail to hear those who need me and to share You with them.
Father, You see each one of us in our place of hurt through the eyes of Jesus Christ and accept us for His sake. You hear each one of us despite what we wear and in that place wherever we reside knowing we need Your forgiveness and mercy.
Father, teach me to have the attitude of Christ in seeing and hearing others in whatever circumstance I find them. Give me a full measure of your understanding and compassion, so that my actions and words reflect only You and the fatherly love and mercy You have given to me.
I love You. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen
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