I FIND IT HELPFUL each night to think of some experience of difficulty that happened during the day and to visualize Jesus putting healing hands on that moment, transforming it. In this way, hurts and wounds do not accumulate.
As for memories longer past, I don’t feel that I have to move through a special memory each day. But I try not to let a week go by without a deliberate turning to a healing experience of a wound. Sometimes a memory will arise spontaneously. Sometimes I have to search a bit. Sometimes I ask God to summon forth a memory whose time for healing has come, and often I am surprised at what surfaces. …
It is important to remember that we are not creating God’s healing love for our inner self because we are now praying about it. This love has always been around us, embracing us. Rather, by such prayers we are claiming it, internalizing it, allowing its transforming power to intensify in our lives.
– Flora Slosson Wuellner
Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds
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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14, NRSV
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