Do you feel safe bringing these questions and wounds to God? If not, what would make you feel safe?
Read: Week Four—pages 67–78, A Bead and a Prayer AND “Interceding for Our Own Healing”—pages 62–63, Another Bead, Another Prayer
No Fear through Pain
God reminds you that you don’t have to be afraid because God is with you and loves you deeply. What does this reminder mean to you? How can it make you feel more comfortable to bring your questions and wounds to God? What has helped you feel safe and learn to trust in God’s goodness?
Fear and Safety Columns
Divide your journal page into two columns. On the left side, list any fears you have about sharing your questions or pain with God. On the right side, imagine a response from God that would make you feel safe. For example, if you fear that bringing your questions to God would anger God, write “God would be angry with me” in the left-hand column. Opposite that you might write, “God assures me God is not angry and praises me for my honesty and openness.”
Once you complete your list, spend time reviewing what you’ve written, paying particular attention to the ways in which God can help you feel safe. Whenever you begin to feel fear, go back to this list and remind yourself that God loves you deeply and does not want you to feel fear.
Help Me Trust You
Loving God, I want so much to share my innermost thoughts and questions with you, but I am afraid. Help me to trust you and feel safe in your presence. Grant me the courage to open up to you, knowing that you love me deeply and want me to be at peace. (Continue to pray, reflecting on what you need to feel safe and to know that God loves you deeply.)
Discussion with Friends and Family:
Being a Model
How have you shared your questions or pain with God? What has been helpful to you? What was difficult? What made you feel safe? How can others model God’s response of love, safety, and acceptance for you?