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ENCOUNTERING THE WOUND


Touching the deep wound of the soul


And we are put on earth a little space,
That we may learn to bear the beams of love.

                                                           (William Blake. Songs of Innocence).


To bear the beams of love would be to carry the scars and the piercings of our own transformed wounds, along with the heavy beams of Jesus’ cross.

Gideon could bear those beams of love because he had set off with Christ, his treasure and pearl, in his heart. He had borrowed his true guide’s coat of servanthood and had begun to participate in the life of the king­dom, acknowledging his need for the new while treading in the footsteps of those who had gone before him. He had chosen to invite the refreshing breeze of the Spirit to transform his wounds into “windows” of deep sensi­tivity and knowing in the service of other troubled pilgrims. Having taken none of the roads that circle back on themselves, he had avoided the dead ends of their entanglements and thorns. What he had been freely given, he continued to freely give (Matt 10:8 NIV).

Gideon’s choice to move toward the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love had extended the boundaries of his soul and enlivened his spirit with glimpses of his Creator’s grandeur and majesty. He had discovered that on this road, in the good company of Jesus and guided by the Spirit, he could tread lightly and not be burdened down (Matt 11:30). (From: Guiding Gideon, 113). 

Being attentive to the deep wound of the soul

In a gospel account, Jesus touches the eyes of a blind man twice; the second touch brings full sight. In this section we encounter a pilgrim, Sandra who is encouraged to be prayerfully attentive to the depth of her wounding. We ask: Is the touch of Jesus on the eyes of Sandra’s heart akin to his second touch on the eyes of this man? In touching the deep wound of her soul, it become a window into the love of God the Father, a love that she is now able to freely share with others.


Sections


1. Can wounds become windows?

2. Following the story thread

3. Experiencing deeper resonance

4. Transforming touches

5. Touching the eyes of our hearts


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