Stepping over Our Wounds

Sometimes we have to "step over" our anger, our jealousy, or our feelings of rejection and move on. The temptation is to get stuck in our negative emotions, poking around in them as if we belong there. Then we become the "offended one," "the forgotten one," or the "discarded one." Yes, we can get attached to these negative identities and even take morbid pleasure in them.

It might be good to have a look at these dark feelings and explore where they come from, but there comes a moment to step over them, leave them behind and travel on.

~~Henri Nouwen Society

i received this in my email this morning and couldn't believe the timing of it.

i tend to stay stuck. i tend to wallow. i don't intend to, it just *happens* that way. i look at my dark feelings and explore them, but then overstay my welcome by setting up shop in them, with them, inherently submerging myself for long periods at a time when, simply, it is time to move beyond.

God is sometimes really subtle.

other times? not so much.

Photo props - Quicksand - Brian Wolf

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