What comes in our mind when we hear the word halloween? Ghosts, souls, spirits, spooky houses are the common things, scary movies can be added. I won’t be talking more of this halloween things but instead the other ghost. I may call it, the ghost of the past –Memories that burn that come back to haunt and rob our peace of mind. Let me share something about my little boy, young as four years old, he went through five major surgeries already. It was extremely distressing traumatic but apparently for him seems it was nothing. Still, the bubbly little kid, just too brave to face everything. Whenever I looked back, I have this bitterness and anguish inside, how could this little sweet angel with a good heart has to suffer. Still, I can’t accept the kind of fate that’s written on his hand. Pain engraves a deeper memory but the goodness of God is helping me out slowly to move forward and let go. Like just any mother, I have to be remain strong.
There are certain guidelines written by Harold Sala which we can follow to realize and experience healing of the emotions. I’m stating it as briefly as I can.
- Understand the nature of forgiveness- When it comes to harmonious living, no other quality, with the possible exception of love, is more needed than forgiveness. It is on our daily routines that the irritations of our human faults and imperfections take their toll.
- Be sure we have sought God’s forgiveness– There are times when failures drives us to our knees, when our own behavior makes us realize that our hearts are deceptive and tricky.
- Extend forgiveness to the one who has hurt you– How do we overcome bitterness and hatred when we have been wronged and we are absolutely convinced that we cannot forgive. By praying for the person and the circumstance as well who has hurt us, the one we can’t forgive, the memory that burns.
- Forgive ourselves– Forgiveness is like a three-cornered hat in that there are aspects involved, and when any of them missing, forgiveness is incomplete-in relationship to God, in relationship to the offended person, in relationship to ourselves.
- Give the bitterness of that memory to Jesus, to God –Why should we carry the burden of a memory which scars, when Jesus already died for the very burden we are trying to carry. Simply it’s not our responsibility.
- Refuse to let our mind dwell on the memory that burns– Some folks live with constant bitterness and heartaches because they cling to the shattered fragments of a life that went to pieces.
- Replace the memory that burns with the word of God– There is therapeutic healing in the Word of God, because the Holy Spirit uses the Word to bring restoration and healing to burned-out emotions.
- Cooperate with the Holy Spirit in your Healing– It is the nature of the Satan to ensnare, deceive, and destroy, while it is the nature of God to liberate, restore and heal.
- Begin praising God for bringing restoration and healing to your life- Let us claim the healing.
*Individually we have different personal opinions, beliefs, even strategies on how to handle the “ghost” that usually devour our mind and souls each time. My respect to each of your beliefs. May God be with us all..