young person damaged by violencewill never go back to being a littlekid who never experienced all thistrauma. A mother who lost her childto homicide will never be a motherwho doesn’t know that kind of pain.However, through storytelling insafe spaces we begin to put our livesback together, and they begin tomake sense, little by little.
Think about it. Think about ourown Christian story of what happened on the way to Emmaus (Luke24: 13-35). Jesus encounters twodisciples recounting the horror andpain of his crucifixion. They don’tyet recognize that he is Jesus. Helistens to their story of trauma andputs it into the larger story of theprophets, explaining how this had tohappen. Eventually the disciples saythey’re going to stop for the evening.They coax Jesus to come and eatwith them. He sits with them, and inthe breaking of the bread, scripturetells us, they recognized him.
Then he disappears. But theydon’t freak out that he’s left again.Rather, they get up filled with joyand life, and they go back to Jeru
The core of who weare is our relationshipswith one anotherand our relationshipwith God, but traumaand violence cut atthat very core.
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salem to tell this story of how theymet Jesus on the road to Emmaus.
Jesus didn’t scold them for not
understanding; he simply listened
to their story of trauma and then
placed that story, that trauma, hurt,
and pain, into the context of the
larger faith story. Along with Jesus,
then, they come to a new place, a
move toward healing
Here’s an example of what can happen when people are encouraged to