The impact of trauma runs deep. It can extend through generations. And because it is what it is, trauma can shape our sense of reality, including our faith. Even short of deep trauma, our spiritual understanding has often been formed by our childhood experiences. Sometimes those experiences have been lovely and revelatory of God’s love. And sometimes, they’re not.
Sometimes, we realize with a start in adulthood, that the judgmental voice in our heads we assumed belonged to God…doesn’t. What a huge step it is, then, to breathe deeply and allow the real voice of the One who created us—not accidentally, but out of love—to resound. To hear the assurance that, no, this Father isn’t waiting for us to fail or stumble, but is watching for our return, so that, indeed, we can live.
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