It is the day after. Yes, it is the day after elections and in some cases the votes are still being counted. However, for me personally, it is the day after last night’s class. For whatever reason I had not even looked at last night’s lesson until yesterday early afternoon. I hadn’t even thought about it. I had struggled a good deal with my learning the week before which had helped untangle the grip of sin resulting from neglect. But, as I saw the title of yesterday’s lesson–sexual abuse, I knew there was more to be untangled.
We have a licensed counselor who comes every other week to our sessions and he floats in and out of our groups as we invite him. Last night, due to the recent lessons and our conversations in class, I invited him to come to our group. The participants kept him busy the entire 1.5 hours helping us see God’s purpose in bringing to us the blatant side of abuse in the various forms the class content has been revealing. As I was journaling about all of it this morning I began to see clearly the entanglement of sin through abuse. A young child has no ability to face abuse. So, when it happens in various forms, one develops coping skills which we in the class are all now addressing. Facing these giants is no easy task. However, having walked this path for over 10 years now my stamina to persevere is much stronger. The others in the class have their own stories and it also helps to know we are not alone in this journey.
Celebrate Recovery often reminds us to not quit until the miracle happens. It is very helpful to be reminded of this during times like last night. It is sometimes hard to be grateful for this class, but as I take one step away from it I can see God’s healing Light penetrating the blackness of sin and its effect on us. The Serenity Prayer reminds us “…to take one day at a time and one moment at a time accepting hardship as a pathway to peace.” This is exactly what is happening right now. God is Good and Faithful!