Healing can be found in the truth of our stories. When I pay attention to what is real, and I am aware of my own emotions and motivations relative to what is real, then I can choose my path of response. That sounds pretty nice, but it’s never that easy. Facing what is real about the stories of our life takes courage. In fact, author Brené Brown states,
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.”
There are a lot of stories in the Bible – a lot of family stories. And the Bible doesn’t clean up its stories or leave out the brutal or undesirable details. Rather, the Bible tells the truth of the story in a way that helps us see God in the holy journey of a person’s life – all of it, the good and the bad. Moses murdered a man before seeing God in the wilderness and transforming his rage into law, priesthood, and prophesy. Paul persecuted Christians before seeing Jesus on the road to Damascus and transforming his strong emotions into the formation of the first century church.
Facing the raw truth of our life story takes great courage. But when we are courageous and confront that truth in the presence of God’s love and compassion, we are transformed.