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Whispers In the Dark.

Posted on: April 9, 2012

The darkest, quietness of night

In stillness as you lay;

The only sound or rhythm heard

Are words your mouth can’t say.

 

The tears that burn your sleepy eyes

A fist, in anger clenched;

The cry that asks “Why me, Oh Lord?”

The soul, in anguish drenched.

 

 And though it can’t be verbalized

Into a single word;

A whisper’s heard with every beat

Your heart is being heard.

The 1980’s  brought childhood sexual assault to the forefront of every American’s mind, as daytime talk shows paraded survivors onto the screens of our television sets. Their stories tugged on our heartstrings as the psychologists informed us how survivors were being empowered to overcome the trauma of the past.

As the Church became more aware, it certainly did acknowledge the reality of sexual abuse and the need to do something about it, but it remained oblivious to the deep-seated emotional and spiritual issues victims of abuse live with. In an attempt to address healing for the abused, the church initially met the challenge with prayerful consideration and a determination to make a difference. Unfortunately, those who meant to provide hope to survivors found themselves without wisdom or understanding of the continued emotional and spiritual upheaval.

As a result, the church began to recite the same mantra chanted by others, “It’s in the past; get over it.”

For decades, the church taught when someone commits their life to Jesus Christ, they are automatically relieved of all of the spiritual, mental, or emotional struggles associated with their past. Yet, the truth is, regardless of their commitment to Jesus Christ, many women struggle with the inability to overcome the past. This failure becomes the life altering issue that is swept beneath the facade of a smile.

For far too long, women have tried to get over what has happened to them. At church they keep their smile ready to show they are okay. These women spend years searching for help through books, television programs, counseling sessions, and step-by-step programs that promise freedom from the past, only to become disillusioned by the lack of progress they make. They are disheartened by God’s supposed lack of interest in their wellbeing. And, they are disappointed by the lack of understanding they receive from well-meaning friends and family.

                Statistics show that one in every three girls will be sexually molested by the time she reaches 18 years of age (For men, it is one in every six).

 Given the current population of the United States, the numbers are staggering to think about the actual hearts and souls represented by those numbers. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of little girls grow up to be women whose hearts are disillusioned with life, and disappointed with God. These women stumble in the dark, trying to find some sense of belonging and purpose in life. They wait for the question of their heart to be answered. They long to find the rest their hearts so desperately seek.  Unfortunately, instead of answers and rest, each woman learns how to exist within a prison of emotional upheaval and pain, and spiritual confusion.

And, they carry on with their lives like nothing is wrong. 

But wait, if you will listen long enough, you can hear it. In the stillest, quietness of night, the heart whispers the tale of its journey to its Creator. And, there in the darkness, God is whispering back.

 

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2 Responses to "Whispers In the Dark."

Yes, even good, well-meaning churches do not offer the proper counseling to overcome the pain of childhood abuses. Healing is something each of us need to search for with all of our hearts. We find it but it usually takes longer than we would like. Nice article.

Daniellesstory- Yes, healing takes longer than we would like for it to. However, that process of healing uncovers each layer (each issue) that needs to be addressed. In the end, we do see the process was well worth the journey.
Thank you so much for your comment!

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