Healing and freedom after abuse and trauma

Recently, I was speaking with someone who was struggling with painful memories of a very grim experience that had left this person feeling traumatized. The individual had trouble believing, as I assured them, that they could be completely free of the memories and of any detrimental effects this incident had had on their life. I was certain that this person could find complete freedom through reliance on God’s care—through spiritual truths that had brought a very meaningful healing into my life years ago. 

When I was in middle school, I was sexually abused by my grandfather. It happened one time while I was visiting my grandparents and when my grandmother was not at home. I knew that what had happened was a really bad thing, but I didn’t know where to turn or what to do. The image of this molestation kept playing over and over in my mind, and I felt sick to my stomach with a jumble of emotions, from humiliation to a quaking fear. Most confusing of all was that I loved both my grandparents, and we had a very close-knit family that was fun and loving and good and had made me feel safe. This incident just didn’t fit with that picture of a loving family, and I couldn’t reconcile it. 

July 16, 2018
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