Healing

Where to dump unwanted feelings?

Where to dump unwanted feelings?

There was a day when my feelings were wounded by a person’s careless, perhaps unintentional words. Some pain is compatible with the Spirit, but this was not. It consumed my thoughts and furrowed my brow. I wanted to get rid of these feelings, but didn’t know how. As if holding a huge bag of trash, I frantically looked for a place to discretely discard my load. I prayed for help and reached for my scriptures. They fell open and my eyes landed directly on these verses: “Sue for peace…Lift up an ensign of peace…make a proclamation of peace…make proposals of peace…unto those who have smitten you, according to the voice of the Spirit which is in you, and all things shall work together for your good. Therefore, be faithful, and behold and lo, I am with you even unto the end” (D&C 105:38-41). I leaned back and closed my eyes, letting the words fill my soul. There were four references to peace, each with a different action verb, something I could do. I could request, summon, exemplify, stand up, speak and invite peace. It was all about peace. These words soothed me like loving arms. My silent prayer had been heard. The process of healing had begun.

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