Metabolizing Our Suffering: I noted in my second article in this series that “Without the mental skills by which to metabolize our suffering, the memory of our suffering—and with it, our emotional pain—keeps the fight or flight reaction going.” That is true.
Now What? Indeed, now what? When we’ve suffered…when we’ve suffered very badly, what do we do with our instinctual “fight or flight” response? What do we do with our pain?
What is Suffering and Trauma? We all intuitively know what suffering is. It’s a state of pain or hardship, whether physical or emotional. Trauma is extreme suffering. It threatens the health of our bodies, or our minds, or even our lives.
(This article begins a series on this topic and parallels the Coach’s Corner) (Frank’s book, Faith of a Father: A Father’s Open Letter to His Daughter, received industry recognition including being an International Illumination Award Winner and an International Next Generation Indie Award Finalist. Frank is an expert on the integration of psychology with faith)
The apostles knew He wasn’t a ghost. After all, He ate fish. They got to touch Him. They even talked with Him on and off for over a month. Yet still… like John the Baptist, they thought Jesus was simply going to be King of a geo-political empire.
Judas was sorely disappointed and disillusioned with Jesus. Like the Zealots, he wanted revolution. So he betrayed Jesus. (Mt 26:14-16)
Jesus debated. Satan had taken him to a mountaintop. Jesus’ little geo-political world in which he found himself—now dominated by the Romans—could be his. It really could. He knew it. And he wondered. In fact, he was sorely tempted; why else would he be sitting on a mountaintop wondering about it all.
Far as the what? I had never really given this little word much thought growing up, even though I sang it often in that classic Christmas hymn you no doubt sang recently celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Yes, our children and grandchildren are saints! Not saints as sweet, adorable, morally perfected little darlings, but saints as young disciples-in-training. You and I are the trainers. And we equip them from infancy on up.