Me, Too! Part 2
Jeanne Murphey of Glen Carbon, IL, USA
By its [the Temple’s] ministries an attitude of wholeness of body, mind, and spirit as a desirable end toward which to strive will be fostered. -Doctrine and Covenants 156:6c
The retreat experience of which I wrote yesterday started a healing journey for me, a long and difficult journey. I might liken it to doing an archeological dig. It takes time to unearth the truth and to clean away the lies and debris surrounding the truth. But as the work progresses, a picture and a story emerge and take shape. My story is that I was subjected to abuse of many kinds, including sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse is a topic which is difficult to talk about because it engenders shame for the victim and focuses unwanted attention on the perpetrator. For too long we have avoided having the discussions and doing the hard work that is needed around this issue. It is my hope that other victims will have the courage to stand up and say “Me, too!” I hope we can draw strength from each other as we seek ways to heal the wounds of abuse.
I have found hope in the inspired words found in Section 156:6c in regard to Temple ministries. “By its ministries an attitude of wholeness of body, mind, and spirit as a desirable end toward which to strive will be fostered.” Are there others who would like to join me in saying, “Me, too!”?
I am about to do a new thing, now it springs forth… (Isaiah 43:19).
A New Thing
Breathe deeply and listen within. Where is the Spirit doing a new thing in you? How do you feel about the new thing that might be emerging? Are you excited, resistant, fearful, hopeful? Take whatever you are experiencing to prayer. Breathe deeply and listen around you. Where is the Spirit doing a new thing in your community? Pay attention to how it feels to discern the Spirit’s activity and presence within and around you.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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