"Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and God saved them from their distress."
Prayer can be a grace-filled aid on your healing journey. It helps you to center when you are feeling overwhelmed by memories of abuse or by the stress of everyday triggers. It allows your body to relax so that your physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds may heal. Perhaps most importantly, it is a reminder that you are not on this journey alone. God is with you.
Here is a helpful prayer practice for anytime of day:
If you have just a few moments, bring your attention to your body. Feel your feet on the ground. Notice your breath. In and out. Breathe from your belly. In...and out. Take time to breathe, knowing you don't have to rush. In...and out. Choose a prayer phrase that brings you comfort or affirms your healing such as "The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want." or "God is with me. I feel safe." Say this prayer phrase ten times as you breath. Pray the first line as you breathe in. Pray the second line as you breathe out. When you are done, take notice of any gentle shifts in your body. Do you feel a little more relaxed, focused, or peaceful? Thank God for being with you and close your prayer with an "Amen" or "Blessed be."
"Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God."
It is easy to fall into anxiety. So much uncertainty exists in our world today, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election. This scripture quote reminds me that when I am feeling anxious, to make my requests known to God. I am also reminded that I am called to take action in order to work with God. So if you are feeling anxious in the coming month, say a prayer and then consider taking a small action to impact the situation that is causing your anxiety. For example, perhaps you decide to donate to a health care organization or help a friend to register to vote. Your actions may seem small, but when combined with the actions of your siblings in God's family, it makes a difference!
If you need some extra support, try calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, or other resources that can be found here.