God Gives Hope and Freedom
You can’t fix trauma and make it go away on anyone’s timetable. There will be periods where life seems back to normal, and then triggers will cause it to reappear. Healing takes time, finding a new normal is hard—and that is okay.
While it doesn’t take the place of professional counseling, I can’t think of a better outlet for working through pain and trauma than a loving, healthy, compassionate small group. If you are going through pain and trauma, find a group of committed Christians. If you have someone in your group going through it, let them know you are there to listen, to empathize, and to speak God’s truths and hope into the lives of the hurting.
Scripture promises in Psalm 147:3, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” And that is a promise we should all hold onto.
—Cory Whitehead is executive director of mission advancement at Christianity Today and a leader at City of Light Anglican Church, a new church in Aurora, IL.