Wounded, Washed and Waiting ……
We are ushered from birth into a joyful, exciting, glorious, yet an alienated, broken and conflicted world. We constantly see and experience physical and psychological fault lines in the fallen world.
Technology has not improved the character of contemporary life. The discord within the human spirit and between individuals, groups, communities and nations has merely taken on different forms and expressed in a more diverse range of disruptive and destructive behaviors. Violence towards one another and towards nature continues – driven by greed and power. Cyberspace offers an extension of the arms of physical and emotional terrorism which digs deep which then corrupts the collective minds of communities.
As we live, inevitable painful experiences add to our woundedness Yet it is this very woundedness that provides healing and hope. Our capacity to empathize with the suffering is created by the very suffering that we go through. We learn to be “at home in the darkness of suffering and there to find germs of light and recovery…” (C. Kerényi – a peer of Carl Jung).
Our wounds also open up new vistas and teach us something about ourselves. We emerge and re-emerge – each time never the same again. We become more expansive, empowered and enlightened. Yet this is ever ongoing … never arriving …
As H. Nouwen wisely said: “Who can listen to a story of loneliness and despair without taking the risk of experiencing similar pains in his own heart and even losing his precious peace of mind? In short: “Who can take away suffering without entering it?”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society
Yet while in the midst of our journey, we are already washed, we are already redeemed by the blood of Jesus our Lord. This puts a necessary halt towards despair and hopelessness.