Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery



Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,

    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead…

I shall be like those who go down to the pit…

Psalm 143: 1-3, 7 NRSV


The afterlife of traumatic experience wants us to feel confused, shamed, and guilty. These remains from what happened to us take over every cell in our bodies, settling in for an extended stay while we beg for relief, mercy, safety.

Healing, in the form of trauma recovery, removes this confusion, eradicates our shame, and brings guilt back down to a usable size. Healing reforms our crushed postures into expanded ones. Healing helps us see, feel, and hear God’s mercy.


God, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for mercy. Relieve my agony. Give me courage to heal. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Mercy”

  1. How I feel today Jennifer! Thanks for the prayer! Loved the pictures of your ordination. Love to you and Forrest for moving,job, etc., etc. Kim

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