"Let love be genuine. Abhor, what is evil; hold fast to what is good” Romans 12:9.
It is easy to love what is lovely. Harder to love what is not. Post traumatic stress is ugly. It can cause some not so beautiful behaviors which can be difficult to love. Remember that love speaks two languages - the language of “I love you” and the language of “I understand.” When you speak words of understanding you are not saying that you love or agree with a not so beautiful behavior, but that you love the person and want to walk with them if they will allow you while they move from post trauma to peace, trust, strength, and discipline.
Pray today for God to help you to speak words of understanding. Thank God for the wisdom to know that life can be better.
Prayer to move from Post-Traumatic Stress to Peace, Trust, Strength, and Discipline
Lord, thank you for surrounding us with your deep, deep love and covering us with your grace and mercy. We know that you want all of your children to live peaceful and prosperous lives. At times though, especially after someone has wronged us or we have been traumatized it is hard to move forward. We can get caught in a cycle of fear, worry, shame, and guilt that can distract us from walking with one another and You.
Help us to run with faith towards the foot of the cross trusting that You have everything that we need. Thank you for providing us with the wisdom to know that we deserve a more peaceful life and for the strength to walk together. Help us to focus our time and energy on the love, peace, and joy that You have planned for us. We ask that where our heart and soul are in turmoil that you bring us back to peace. We especially pray for peace and strength for those families in Uvalde, TX as they mourn the loss of their loved ones. We love you and look forward to our continued journey with You as we walk together toward a life filled with more peace, trust, strength, and discipline.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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