Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 29, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from the soon-to-be-published
new book of daily devotions, written by the Rev. Dr.
Sandra Bochonok, called "Living as the Beloved: One
Day at a Time."
Please get out your Bible and read the Psalm and
Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you will be
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Please read Psalm 88:1-2
Tears are part of life
We all need to cry out with our complaints and
calls for divine help when we feel helpless and
hurt. Sometimes we feel desperate. These feelings
may be hard to understand, but understanding
progresses with journal writing, talking with
trusted counselors and therapists, friends and
Sacred literature from different traditions can
empower us to write in our journals or take other
action to help ourselves. In the Judeo-Christian
tradition for example, we find sacred writings
full of crying. A few examples are found in Job
16:20, Jeremiah 9:1, Isaiah 16:9, and certainly
in the strong voices of lament in Psalms 13, 22,
35, 88, and 130. Even Jesus wept with loud cries
and tears (Hebrews 5:7 and Matthew 23:37). "Blessed
are those who mourn, for they will be comforted"
To experience inner healing, wholeness, and rest,
we need to acknowledge our feelings and give them
words and time for self-examination. We need to
honestly describe our physical and emotional
suffering to reach inner joy and peace. Journal
writing in stillness and silence, while allowing
several minutes or longer to rest from your feelings,
can lead to inner empowerment and self-improvement
in many difficult circumstances. By giving words
to what we feel, we begin to identify problems and
joys more clearly. We find answers within ourselves.
We learn what we need to do and be for our wellness.
God, tears are part of life and reflect our feelings
too deep for words. Thank you for their healing power.
Help us give words to our feelings in prayer for
strength and comfort. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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