I read this quote this morning, "If you do not transform your pain, you will most assuredly transmit it." Richard Rohr
It has really gotten me thinking. Any pain or hurt or anger we hold onto has no place to go but deep within us unless we find a way to release it and transform it for good.
What if the crucifixion of Jesus had stopped with his death? Where would you and I be today? What would we know about God? Instead, God took something incredibly horrifying and turned it into the resurrection. That can only happen when the power of God’s Spirit helps us.
In Romans 12:2, it reads:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (New Living Translation)
The world would tell us to avenge our hurts. The world would tell us to obliterate our enemy. The world would tell us might makes right and a whole bunch of other things too. And these things and others feed into out hurts and our pain.
When we can release our hurt, our faith can rise, and we can find a way to deal with our hurts that does not hurt others. We can find a way to love our enemies. And yes, we can demonstrate that right is made by following God’s ways and is not always with those who have might in a worldly sense.
Transforming our pain with God’s help is a gift and a blessing to us and to all those we meet. Let’s see what we can do this week to open ourselves further to God’s healing Spirit.
Seeking justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God with you in 2021,
Home Opportunities for the week of
January 24, 2020:
- As you fall asleep, give thanks for the times in the day when you lived and loved in God's ways.
- Choose to be in conversation or do something for someone you have been struggling with or avoided. How can God's love coming to you, guide you?
- Read the Book of Habakkuk, or Habakkuk 3:16-19.
Scripture for January 31, 2021: