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Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

We can recover.

The sun rises every morning and one day follows another.

We can be confident in that.

And as time moves forward, so things change.

Slowly at first, imperceptibly, until we gradually realise that we are changing too.

And hope appears on the horizon.

Norman Wright outlines 3 stages of recovery:

  • The Thinking Stage: This is when you face the facts. You put the pieces of your jig-saw puzzle together to try to make sense of the picture. You go over what has happened in minute detail, alone and with friends. You are a detached observer rather than an emotional participant. For me this was hours and hours searching the internet to learn all I could about breast cancer. I wanted to know every detail and I wanted to understand the numbers and the risks.
  • The Emotional Stage: This is when you feel the pain. Your emotions well up from deep within you and spill out in a stream, a river, a waterfall. There will be anger, anxiety, grief, fear, sadness. For me this was a constant leaking. I cried almost every day, many times a day, for three months. Tears welled up as I recognised the layers of consequences of what was happening to me. I stopped crying when I started the blog.
  • The Stage of Mastery: At the beginning you cannot believe this stage will happen but it does. Your perspective changes, you find value in your experience. You have learned things you could not have learned in any other way. You become a survivor rather than a victim, taking control of the direction of your life again. Your outer journey may still be very challenging, but you have found a strength for the inner journey which transforms your experience. Laughter can reappear, with all its healing power.

The stages vary in length for each person, and they can overlap.

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

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Life can take its toll on us.

My bible reading plan is taking me through Mark – and last week I met again the woman who touched the edge of Jesus’ cloak.

What Jesus said to her moves me deeply.

She had a tough life. She was suffering physically and emotionally. Despite spending all of her money on trying to find a cure for her twelve years of pain, she was getting worse rather than better.

She heard about this man, Jesus. She knew he cared about others who suffered: he noticed them and he touched them.

And his touch could heal.

He was radical and powerful.

She was resourceful and believing.

She pushed through the crowd and stretched out her hand to touch the man she believed could heal her. With every grain of her being she engaged in changing her future.

Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

Jesus said to her . .

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Click here to read some more about the Afghan woman in the picture above. Life has taken a heavy toll on her.

We can engage in changing. And we can pray for healing, peace, and freedom from suffering for ourselves and for others.

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A good ending

We all need good endings . .

. . . the final chapter of a story; leaving your job; separating from a marriage partner. And hardest of all – a last farewell before death.

A good ending for one chapter of life lays a strong foundation for the next. We can look back without regret and forward with courage.

Recently a colleague mentioned he had hung up his stethoscope – the metaphor doctors use for ending their clinical career.

An ache rumbled in my heart.

When I left my full-time clinical post I parachuted out – to safety. No gentle metaphor for me.

A few months before I left someone gave a word of knowledge in our church service about “getting off the bus – God has somewhere else for you to go“.  The words hit my heart. I knew my position at work was unsustainable – I could no longer thrive in the environment. And yet part of me was reluctant to let go of all that I had built.

These words gave me the focus I needed and eased the pain.

Within months I was going somewhere else. God opened the door for me to join a team of doctors who coach colleagues – a generative, collaborative, delightful team in which I thrive.

And yet there remained a niggling ache about my clinical role . . until this week.

For the second time I went with friends to a service for prayer and healing. The leader spoke about the story of Gideon and the consequences of holding on to what is not for us – worshipping false gods. The chaplain handed round a basket of stones – large, small, rough or smooth. She invited us to take a stone that would represent something we needed to let go. We could then lay the stone at the foot of the Cross – an outward sign of the inner change as we laid our ‘burden’ down.

I laid down my stethoscope  . . .  the good ending I needed.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

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