Living Your Wounds

1137817_29497239smNouwen is one of those voices you ponder over and over.

The great challenge is living your wounds through instead of thinking them through. It is better to cry than to worry, better to feel your wounds deeply than to understand them, better to let them enter into your silence than to talk about them.

Understanding your wounds can only be healing when that understanding is put at the service of your heart. Daily reflections from Nouwen’s “The Inner Voice of Love

I wrestled with this particular excerpt for days. There is truth here, but I think there are more possibilities than just crying or worrying; than feeling or understanding. What about doing both? Perhaps not at the same time, but there is a proper time for each.

Both have their place. While the initial days or months after a wound is inflicted might be a time for silence, there also lies value in the raw, unfiltered sharing which can only come from someone in the middle of the fight.

What does it look like to live “your wounds through”?


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