I spent 12 hours of my first weekend of summer break with my friend Mirranda at a "Healing the Wounds of Trauma" workshop. Karen DeGraaf, who worked in west Africa for 11 years doing linguistic analysis, literacy, translation, national training and administration, led the workshop. It is intended to be a week long workshop, so in our two days the major points we hit in the book were:
If God Loves Us, Why Do We Suffer?
How Can the Wounds of Our Heart Be Healed?
What Happens When Someone Is Grieving?
How Can We Forgive Others?
It was a pretty intense overload of information. I will be spending the next couple weeks processing all of the great information shared, and hopefully writing an overview to post here.
There were also three men attending the workshop who are heading to Uganda in September. There is some heart-wrenching stuff happening in that part of the world. You can get a glimpse of it at their website: http://bereanway.org/.
I am also starting two new books, Out Of The Silent Planet and Jesus of Nazareth. I have made a commitment to balance out my reading with more fiction. Over the last two months I have found this to be extremely rewarding!
My initial thoughts on Pope Benedict XVI's book are that of great respect for the man. After reading the intro and first two chapters he has blown me away with his deep insight of Scripture and willingness to look outside of the Catholic Church in his search for knowing the face of the Lord.
I will leave you with a piece of Scripture that was more or less the theme of my weekend. It is a beautiful description of the character of our God and an encouragement to all those in suffering as well for those who know people suffering.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)