God’s Secret Work Of Healing…

Psychotherapy is what God has been secretly doing for centuries by other names; that is, he searches through our personal history and heals what needs to be healed – the wounds of childhood or our own self-inflicted wounds. Thomas Keating

Meditation: Today my husband bought a new leather couch for his office. The old couch has been worn out by clients who sat more than 16,000 hours in the old couch while having private and sacred conversations with my husband as their therapist. There is something deeply spiritual about a sofa holding people’s pain while their memories of wounding reaches their conscious, their lips and then fills the air. Being listened to and being valued is one of the most healing experience for us humans. Often wounding happens when we are not held, not listened to, not valued and not known…God is the archetype of a therapist. God is being described especially in the Psalms as the one called upon to listen to our pain. God is the one holding the one praying and valuing the praying person’s experience. God knows the person praying intimately. And praying itself has therapeutic function, just like therapy does… When I looked at the new dark brown leather sofa that will soon be replacing the old sofa in my husband’s office, I thought about how many intimate conversations, how many Psalms of lament, how many hours of healing work will be happening on this sofa. It is sturdy and of high quality. It is warm in color and its cushions are supportive and strong. A beautiful symbol of how God and therapy can hold us, again and again, until we feel known, until we have lamented enough, until we are healed as we come to know and love ourselves…

Prayer: God, thank You for the amazing work my husband does every day. Thank You for the many lives he touches daily in his ministry of healing and integration. Bless him and his new couch. Let it become for people like Your hands holding them while they cry out, while they seek their way out of the pit and while You restore them to life. Amen

LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalm 30: 2-3