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Everyone experiences trauma at some point in their life; trauma is the result of a deeply painful experience that causes physical and or emotional harm; traumatic events are stressful, frightening, and sometimes leave us in a state of shock. Trauma can be long lasting, affecting our ability to trust and form healthy relationships in our families, local communities where we live, in the work place, and even at Church.
Given the economic difficulties in our world today, given the political extremisms and instability, multiple wars, and regular occurrences of natural disasters, traumatic incidences are never far away. How do we remain healthy and balanced in such a traumatic world? What does the Bible have to say about this?
Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:6-7 (Easy-to-Read Bible): “Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks… And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.”
Apostle Paul was a man who experienced many traumatic events, including being stoned for preaching the gospel, whipped and beaten mercilessly, and imprisoned many times. How did Apostle Paul overcome? He experienced God’s peace over his thoughts and feelings – this is God’s peace over mind and body.
God’s peace over our thoughts and feelings, over our minds and body, is what we need to recover from trauma; it is a critically important shield we need in our traumatic world of today. Make this a regular part of your prayers, and experience the results!
May God’s peace, guard over your thoughts and feelings, Amen!