One of the medical websites I researched lists 5 specific categories of trauma. Complex, Early Childhood, Medical, Refugee and Traumatic Grief. The actual definition of this term refers to any experience that inflicts deep distress or is emotionally disturbing. This state is often induced by accidents, injuries or witnessing someone die. Anyone who endures such an event can be traumatized for hours, days, weeks or months.
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you, 1 Peter 5:7.
Anyone alive during the life of Christ may have seen one of the most brutal ways to die. After receiving up to 39 lashing in the public square, Jesus carried a cross until Simeon took over and then was crucified. Even those who despised Jesus’ message, must have felt pity or remorse at some point. Despite his innocence, Herod followed Jewish tradition, setting the criminal Barabbas free as a mob demanded Jesus to die in his place. If those who have seen this gore in the Passion of the Christ struggle to watch, image the trauma exhibited by those who were disciples and followers of God’s son.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron, Psalm 107:13-16.
One of the difficult signs of trauma is that its often invisible. Sure, body language, facial expressions and posture reveal someone who is mourning. Yet, wounds to the soul go unnoticed, lingering for months, years or in worse case scenarios, a lifetime. In certain cases, guilt causes some to remain traumatized until they forgive themselves. This situation is played out in Good Will Hunting where Robin Williams playing a psychologists tells Matt Damon, an orphan its not your fault. If you find yourself trying to recover from a traumatic events, may the prayer of the Psalmist above provide the words to receive the healing that you seek and strive to achieve.
by Jay Mankus