Archive for February 8th, 2011

Everyone once in a while, I come across a song that captures how I feel about the healing process. The song That’s What Faith Can Do by the Contemporary Christian Band, Kutless, is one of those songs. For those of you with religious triggers, there are no religious triggers in the song unless the words “faith” or “prayers” trigger you. You can hear the song and see the lyrics here. I purposely chose a version showing the lyrics only to avoid religious triggers.

Of course, I am sure that Kutless intends the song to be about a religious faith, but if you broaden the meaning to encompass faith in the ability to heal, the song becomes a powerful healing anthem. The song is rich with encouraging lyrics for choosing to heal.

For example, I love the line:

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try ~ That’s What Faith Can Do

I am so grateful that, when I started having flashbacks, they were only of one element of my abuse (the mother-daughter sexual abuse). If I had known when the flashbacks started that I would have to work through sexual abuse (including rape) by men and women, ritual abuse, animal rape/sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe emotional abuse, etc., I would have believed that healing was impossible and wouldn’t have even bothered to try. Thankfully, my healing unfolded gradually, showing me that healing was possible one step at a time.

I also love this line:

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling ~ That’s What Faith Can Do

I see this so much with all of you and in my own life. Our dreams of breaking free from our child abuse history does, in fact, move mountains of shame. The hope that I see in all of your comments is so motivating. Sometimes I do feel like the sky of my world is falling, and yet I somehow hold onto hope that it won’t always be like this. Your comments help me find that hope.

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning ~ That’s What Faith Can Do

And, finally, I love this line because I feel like I have worked very hard to “make a new beginning” out of the “ashes” of my childhood. I get knocked off my feet a lot, but somehow I continue to find the strength to stand again. I confess that I sometimes feel like a Weeble-Wobble that keeps getting knocked down over and over again, but I somehow find the strength to rise again. That comes from hope that tomorrow will be better and from faith in the healing process.

Photo credit: Hekatekris

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