As Valentine’s Day approaches, our hearts and minds often turn to love—but what about when love intertwines with fear and trauma? In a deeply moving narrative, I open up about the complex emotions that came flooding back with the death of John, my ex-husband, alongside reflections on the divine, steadfast love detailed in 1 Corinthians 13. This isn’t just a conversation about the sentimental; it’s a profound exploration into how love can be transformative, casting out fear and shining light into the darkest corners of our experiences. You’re invited into an intimate space where we grapple with the reality that we are perfectly loved by God, and how this perfect love can act as a beacon of hope, even as we navigate the aftermath of trauma.
This episode is particularly resonant for anyone who has faced the deep pain of domestic abuse. I recount my personal journey of surviving and escaping a violent marriage, and the conflicting emotions of relief and sorrow that surfaced after my abuser’s passing. Through this lens, we examine the challenge of unconditional love and forgiveness. How does one reconcile love for a person who has caused deep pain with the Christian commandment to love unconditionally? As we continue our series on faith and trauma, you’ll find encouragement to lean into the sustaining power of faith and the importance of community support in our healing processes. This Valentine’s Day, join us for a conversation that goes beyond the surface, offering a path towards peace and resilience through the perfect love of Jesus.
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