Using Our Wounds

By Terry Wardle

June 3, 2012

Why is the wounded healer approach to helping others navigate emotional healing so critical? After all, is it really THAT important that a caregiver be in touch with his or her own wounding when reaching out to help a broken person? Isn’t relevant competency enough apart from one’s own journey of healing?

Wounded healer ministry is essential in formational prayer for several reasons. First, it lays a foundation for empathic connections. Anyone who has walked through a desert journey is going to be far more empathic with people struggling through an emotional wilderness. The caregiver remembers how tough it was, and as such can position to offer genuine feeling based care.

It also helps the caregiver better understand the nature of the journey itself. Experience is unquestionably life’s greatest teacher. Having been wounded deep within, the caregiver better knows the terrain and that experience is vital to helping another person find his or her way out.

Wounded healer ministry also is the basis of 2 Corinthians 1 ministry. Paul wrote:

“All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us”. 2 Cor. 1:3-5

For the wounded healer, the very wound touched by Christ becomes the channel of healing he uses to touch another person. Wounds become the source of healing. What can be more like the ministry of Jesus than this?

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