I once met a woman who was a pastor counselor. Not just a pastor who did clergy council, but a bona fide, licensed minister and licensed therapist, degrees and all. When I asked her why she decided to be both she told me a true story of her life. Many years prior to her practice, her husband went missing. Years later, he was sighted, and approached by someone who recognized him. When asked where he’d been and if he was okay he let that person know that he simply wanted to leave and start over.
This caused such pain to this woman that she sought God for ways to help others in their time of trauma and devastation. Using talk therapy, she started a dialogue with her clients getting them to open up and share their story. She used her pastoral training prescribing Bible verses and spent time praying for her clients because according to her, “Jesus is the healer.”
Years have passed since I met this precious woman and still I think of her and her story often. I think about what I would have done if this had happened to me. So many people know the pain of divorce and live in the aftermath of a broken family. Many do not make it out without some serious scarring of the heart. Some don’t make it out at all yet this woman more than made it out alive, she was thriving. There have been times that I’ve stared trauma in the face and felt like throwing in the towel, and then I remember her. I remember that if God could carry her through, then surely He can carry me and comfort me so that one day I too can be of comfort to someone else in their time of need.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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