Instead of cutting

imagesPain is off the charts these days. I believe the multiplication of evil prophesied by Jesus for the last days is to blame. There’s more disintegration of families, more sin abounding, so hearts are hurting everywhere from betrayal. Where love is supposed to be, rejection abounds.

English obviously correlates “cry” and “cry out” in the translation of the Bible. O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent —Β Psalm 22:2 NIV. Distress

from The Landy - Out and About

from The Landy – Out and About

is associated with shouting. Our desperation turns to prayer, our anguish to hope. Prayer, if anything, is pathos.

I asked God for His toughest assignment because I was cocksure of the solution: prayer. Then He allowed me a underwaterstatuestrial that blindsided me and left me staggering and confused. I had to laugh at myself: I got what I asked for, and then I didn’t know what to do.

Prayer is the outpouring of pain, a solution, not a reveling in hurt. Unlike cutting or pity-partying, it doesn’t celebrate the ouch in an upside-down way; it heals it. Turn not your anguish into alcoholism. You have a God above you who loves you and cares for you.

18 responses to “Instead of cutting

  1. Prayer is the outpouring of pain, a solution, not a reveling in hurt.

    If all you said was that, it would have been enough for me. I will tweet that with a beautiful picture. Thank you!

  2. Reblogged this on Willow's Cabin and commented:
    Wonderful encouragement during times of distress . . .

  3. Ditto what “The Other Side of Ugly” said. Profound and uplifting. Thank you for writing it.

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoyed yours too.I agree with you on prayer. It seems to be the first thing we promise to do for others and the last resort when we are overwhelmed ourselves.

  5. Beautifully said. Cutting is an epidemic, and most people believe the cutter is thinking of suicide. Rarely is that true. Most of the ones I’ve worked with are simply trying to relieve their pain. Crying out.

    • I have been struggling to try to understand this phenomenom. It is new to me. When I went through school, nobody did it except with the intention to commit suicide. It seems like these kids get some kind of comfort from it, maybe a rush to think of brushing with death, as you say, crying out for help.

  6. They tell me it creates an endorphin rush, giving temporary relief. The trouble is, if they continue over time they need to cut more often, more severely. Like any other addiction, the need increases over time. It’s very sad that so many young people today feel such a sense of hopelessness and pointlessness in life. I guess all our emphasis on self-esteem hasn’t done a whole lot of good, has it.

    • Well, they have worked hard (the atheists, existentialists, relativists, etc) to affirm hopelessness and pointlessness, so here’s the result. Self-esteem is a hollow shell to replace God-given-esteem. Thanks for the info about the endorphin rush. that helps me to understand.

  7. I think there is a lot of evil in the world today and a lot of it quite deliberate. There are fake fears and fake science and those in power are very deliberately trying to take God out of schools for the sole purpose of bringing down self-esteem. Kids with no hope are easier to control. Sorry if this sounds too political – know there are people fighting it. Even scientists (the real ones who actually care about kids and their future).

    MustardSeed? Edit this or delete it if you feel it branches off topic.

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