Regardless of the cause, it does scar us. And especially when it happens to us at a young age. As children, we aren't equipped to deal with pain. We don't understand how to process things. As we get older, that inner pain continues to eat away at us.
We see ourselves as "wrong." We see ourselves as unloved and unlovable. Depression and anxiety set in. We see God as either non-existent or just some evil dictator who enjoys tormenting certain people. We chase away those who love us. We refuse to love ourselves. We refuse to love God or even play with the notion that God just might love us.
Today's Lenten sacrifice:
Let go of that inner pain.
I know - this one really is not that simple, especially if that inner pain was caused by something very tragic, and especially if it's something we've been holding onto since a young age.
But it's never too late to start trying. It's never too late to start seeking help. And the greatest help (although admittedly perhaps not the only help needed) is to turn to God. Not just in prayer. Yes, prayer is great and needed. But don't stop there. Read the Bible. Go to church. Find a Christian therapist or Bible Study group or someone else who can expand your understanding of God to help you see how He is working in your life for good and healing.
May our God of all healing and comfort embrace all who are dealing with inner pain, and surround them with the peace only He can offer.