How Easter Speaks to a Survivor’s Suffering

Link to "Survivors and the Sufferings of Jesus"
Link to “Survivors and the Sufferings of Jesus”

Boz Tchividjian, a former child abuse chief prosecutor and founder/executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment), highlights eight of the most common ways survivors of abuse suffer and shows how the story of Easter answers – and offers to undo – that suffering:

Jesus walked the dark road of abandonment, isolation, and deep suffering. He understands. He grieves. He cares. He took this upon Himself fueled by an indescribable love. A love that breathes new life into hearts that have been sacrificed and discarded by the darkness. A love that brings freedom. A love that never fails even when nothing makes sense. As I write this, I weep thinking about all those who feel so lost and alone on a dark road that seems to have no end. You are an amazing soul and are not alone.

You are loved and cherished by the One who will never make you an empty promise.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never betray you.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never abandon you.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never abuse or mock you.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never deny you.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never be unjust.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never sacrifice you.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never leave you alone in the darkness.
You are loved and cherished by Jesus who will never let you go.

Jesus walked the dark road of abandonment, isolation, and deep suffering.  He understands.  He grieves.  He cares.   He took this upon Himself fueled by an indescribable love. A love that breathes new life into hearts that have been sacrificed and discarded by the darkness.  A love that brings freedom.  A love that never fails even when nothing makes sense.  As I write this, I weep thinking about all those who feel so lost and alone on a dark road that seems to have no end.  You are an amazing soul and are not alone.

You are loved and cherished by the One who will never make you an empty promise.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never betray you.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never abandon you.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never abuse or mock you.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never deny you.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never be unjust.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never sacrifice you.
You are loved and cherished by the One who will never leave you alone in the darkness.
You are loved and cherished by Jesus who will never let you go.

– See more at: http://boz.religionnews.com/2014/04/18/good-friday-survivors-sufferings-jesus/#sthash.yKAxK4W0.dpuf

“Boz” Tchividjian is a former child abuse chief prosecutor and is the founder and executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). Boz is also an Associate Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law, and is a published author who speaks and writes extensively on issues related to abuse within the faith community. He is the 3rd-eldest grandchild of the Rev. Billy Graham. – See more at: http://boz.religionnews.com/2014/04/18/good-friday-survivors-sufferings-jesus/#sthash.yKAxK4W0.dpuf

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