But what about the storms within? The ones that defy space and time. The storms we carry around with us seem to be set on constant repeat, forever promising a rainbow while never yielding anything but torrents, high winds and dark clouds.
The weather inside us can make an outwardly sunny day feel like a disaster.
Why do we carry storms with us when they're so destructive? Perhaps because we've never learned how to give them a rest. Maybe the distraction of living out a storm keeps us from having to face difficult truths about our lives. Maybe we've never found the voice that would allow us to call out for peace with others. Maybe calming the inner storm would require us to forgive ourselves in ways we're not ready to face.
Kathleen Pooler has posted an interview about calming the storm of domestic abuse through faith on her blog.
I hope you will visit when you can. I believe that treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is key to breaking the cycle of suffering that often follows down family generations in the wake of battle trauma, domestic violence, and child abuse/neglect.
About a month after the interview above was first posted in 2/2013, I learned that several of my old friends from college had begun to find ways to offer help and support to those who are experiencing PTSD. I looked forward to assisting in any small way possible. Through contact with Rodney A. Ellis, Ph.D., I discovered that the rural medical clinic where he volunteers time for uninsured/underinsured individuals was in need of promotion. Their limited budget would not accomodate a website, so I was blessed with the opportunity to donate one: http//www.baxtermedicalclinic.com/
I admire all who have the courage to face the storms within to find the peace that passes understanding. I hope to post more about the work of Baxter Medical Clinic and what is being discovered about rapidly effective treatments for PTSD soon.
God calls us to live in peace, although it may require a longer journey for some of us than others.
I gratefully acknowledge the conversations with Rodney A. Ellis, Ph.D., whose understanding of the process of healing traumatic memories led in turn to this series of PTSD awareness posts.