Emotional Healing

The following devotional is taken from the devotional book Comfort in the Storm: Devotions for the Chemically Sensitive by Janine Ridings. (Comfort in the Storm contains a total of 94 devotionals)

Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me (Psalm 27:10).

Often the emotional pain associated with MCS is as bad or worse than the physical pain. It breaks my heart as I hear story after story from people with MCS whose friends and families have failed to show love and support toward them in the midst of their illness. Some people with MCS are accused of being mentally ill or attention getters. Those who are too ill to work are sometimes accused of being lazy. I’ve heard of some families who almost disown their family member with MCS, being embarrassed by their plight. People with MCS sometimes feel like outcasts or modern day lepers, tossed aside by mainstream society.

Stories about lack of accommodation are plentiful. It is common to hear of incidents where family or friends are unwilling to try and make accommodations so that a person with MCS may attempt to safely attend a wedding, a party, or other type of event. Other times people are willing to accommodate us but do so grudgingly, letting us know how difficult it is. We are sometimes made to feel like we are a pain to be around or that this illness is our fault. Another typical scenario that I hear about occurs when people don’t take our needs and requests seriously, and we end up in situations where we become very ill due to the ignorance and lack of compassion and understanding by others. Some people think they can sneak chemical exposures by us and we won’t notice. How wrong that assumption is!

When family or friends fail or forsake us in various ways, sometimes the hurt can run very deep and the scars can last a long time. When such painful treatment occurs, where do we turn? Is there any hope for us? The best place I have found to find hope and healing in these situations is through my relationship with Christ. One verse that has ministered to me during times of rejection and brokenness is Psalm 147:3: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” What a neat promise to meditate on! Just imagine the Lord applying His balm to your hurting heart and His bandages to your emotional wounds.

Another passage that has encouraged me during periods of deep emotional pain is Psalm 139:17-18: “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.” Isn’t that a beautiful passage? It blesses me to know that God’s thoughts about me are like the sand—too numerous to count. It also encourages me to know that He is always with me, every second of the day from the time I wake up in the morning until the time I go to bed at night, even when others have forsaken me.

If you’ve been hurt by others, receive the Lord’s love today. Bask in His love and let Him be your healer. The Great Physician is always available, willing and waiting to bring healing to our deepest hurts and to our broken hearts.

Categories Comfort In the Storm Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on November 13, 2011

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