The experience of pain is common to all of us as human beings. We don’t need anyone to explain to us what it is to be hungry, sick, lost, or hopeless. We all suffer brokenness and, therefore, we all need help navigating the journey from pain to healing, from being lost in the struggle to being found and brought into the light.
Healing is one of those topics we sidestep. Either we are going through a difficult time and do not want anyone to know, or we are on the other side and refuse to revisit a difficult and painful period in your life. We hide behind fake smiles and act like everything is fine, but this just prolongs the already painful healing process. Yet healing happens when individuals enter into a community and are given a chance to name their unhealthy experiences and to feel whole again.
When I launched the God the Healer website Advent of 2010, I started with the idea of building a community around healing – a community where individuals could learn what healing meant and how to identify where God the Father was actively healing them. Life history, feelings, and ideas impact how each person understands healing, but the common thread running through all experiences of healing is a fundamental change in how the healed individual comes to relate to the surrounding world.
Over the pass three years, I have experienced my own psychosocial and spiritual healings and have shared my experiences with friends, family members, and colleagues. I am always amazed at how others relate to my experiences and how they can identify similar situations in their own lives. For example, a year after my divorce I had dinner with a colleague who also had gone through a divorce. “I’m finally back to being the independent Erin whom everyone enjoys being around,” I said. Somehow I had lost this part of myself when I started dating my ex-husband. My colleague could relate; we had both experienced the suffocating feelings one goes through when in a bad relationship. After our divorces, we experienced being set free to be ourselves again – as if we had brought our old selves back into the present. New life was coming out of the ashes of an ended relationship. This experience only deepened my passion to help people understand what healing means and to identify how God is healing them in their own lives.
As I go forward with this website, God continues to call me to tell my healing story as well as to share the good news of God’s compassion for the broken with others. Everyone needs to feel the power of being healed. Everyone also has a untold (and sometimes unrealized) healing story, but those who are healed need to be given an opportunity and language to describe their story. I pray I can help give a voice to untold stories within you.
Dear Heavenly Father, You are so gracious in your forgiveness and love. Use my words to be a vehicle to bring into relationship with the Triune God. Guide my words to be acceptable to you, O Lord. Thank you for using me, your broken servant. Amen.
Erin M Diericx