Everybody loves a good story! The teaching team at my church (The Fellowship at Two Rivers) is teaching the next series through the New Testament by telling the stories of the people. We will very likely remember the stories and make the connection to our own lives.
So I’ll tell you a story of my latest trip to McKay’s Used Book Store. I traded in some books and came back with some treasures. One in the free bin caught my eye. It was written by a psychiatrist/psychotherapist who contrasted the medical model of treating people with mental illness with what the author believes is the more accurate means—psychotherapy. And why? Because, he says, we are more than our brain—we are souls, souls in need of healing. (E-mail me if you want the author’s name; I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
What do people need? We need as infants to be nurtured and loved (I personally saw one precious little child in Haiti now receiving lots of love, but who cannot speak possibly because of just such a lack in infancy). But we don’t stop needing love. When we don’t get what we need, when we are hurt or neglected, we might survive physically but we carry around the wound.
Medicine can anesthetize a symptom but this author says to pay attention to our symptoms, they are trying to tell us something. We are not physicians, but we as Christians are in the business of offering spiritual (or soul) healing. How do we do this? Well, one way I believe is simply to tell our stories. I am starting to look at the senior members of my fellowship as treasuries of a lifetime of stories of God’s faithfulness. Do you have a story?