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When Our Wounds Cease to Be a Source of Shame, and Become a Source of Healing, We Have Become Wounded Healers - Henri Nouwen

When Our Wounds Cease to Be a Source of Shame, and Become a Source of Healing, We Have Become Wounded Healers – Henri Nouwen

Life is wonderfully beautiful while being relentlessly difficult. It’s a paradox that leaves each of us with enormous choices on a regular basis. When I fall, will I get back up again? Will I be ashamed of my flaws? Will I hide my wounds in shame? Are only a few.

The fact is, we all fall, we all have flaws, and we all have wounds. The monumental choice is what happens afterward. What do we do with the pain and hurt that inevitably comes to each of us? Something powerful happens when we recognize that we have the ability to encourage others who are wounded by exposing our own wounds.

When we help another, we ultimately help ourselves by deflecting our focus from our own troubles. When we expose our flaws, not only do others see that they are not alone, but we will see the same thing. An added bonus to helping another to heal, is it will revive our own self-worth. When our self-worth increases, we are able to see worth in others as well. It’s an extraordinary cycle of being a wounded healer!

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When Our Wounds Cease to Be a Source of Shame, and Become a Source of Healing, We Have Become Wounded Healers – Henri Nouwen
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About Rebecca Lindsey

In addition to being a wife and mom, I am a Christian writer and blogger at: www.beckielindsey16.com I have written children’s magazine stories and articles, as well as devotions and studies. I am currently writing a young adult novel and two children’s picture books.

12 comments

  1. This is a great seed, Rebecca! Not only is helping others good for others, but it’s good for ourselves as well. When we realize that we have the ability to connect with those other than ourselves and help them through their issues, we realize just how important we are.

    Also, before I started blogging and writing on here, I never realized just how many people struggled with similar issues. I just thought that it was something that people kind of just said to make me feel better. Now I know that no one is truly alone. Thanks for this reminder!

  2. The wounded healer – yes – thank you for this wonderful post.

  3. Rebecca thanks so much for this. A wonderful seed that can be planted on barren ground and bring so much to life.

  4. This is beautiful. I wish it had not taken me so long to learn this.

  5. Thank you; this was very inspirational to me right now. Point in fact, I see now that I was about to head in the wrong direction with my own next blog… I’m rethinking that now along the lines you’ve so wonderfully outlined above! So thank you again! And blessings!

  6. You is a reel good righter! 😉 So I decided to follow you. Shared on FB as well. Thanks for sharing an oft hidden truth. Sherrie.

  7. There’s a reason i made it through…

  8. I would love to be a contributor .. soon. 🙂

  9. Thanks for the positive feedback on this post!

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