a : to make sound or whole <heal a wound>
b : to restore to health
a : to cause (an undesirable condition) to be overcome : mend <the troubles … had not been forgotten, but they had been healed — William Power>
b : to patch up (a breach or division) <heal a breach between friends>
: to restore to original purity
I have been thinking about this concept a lot lately. I was talking to someone who is going through something similar that I went through a few years ago. The darkness and just plain torment I went through daily. At some point, Marc would tell me that I was "healing" and I didn't believe him.
I know my friend is healing also and I told her so. Of course, she didn't believe me, like I didn't believe Marc. I then said how I learned through my healing process, that healing hurts. Physical, emotional, spiritual. Healing is a painful necessity to restore wholeness in ourselves.
I then thought of a book that has been part of my passion for helping those less fortunate than myself. Nobody Don't Love Nobody is a book documenting a teacher's, Stacy Bess, experience working at the homeless shelter in Salt Lake City.
It is such an inspiring book that it has motivated me to become a teacher someday, especially to children in poverty. Towards the end of the book she talks about more about adult homelessness. Although homelessness is so complicated, she said the homeless adult is the unhealed child.
Perhaps in a nutshell, we can say many who are suffering-homeless or not- are unhealed OR healing. And in that healing there is pain that is not understood as healing and then the cycle of pain continues and that healing never happens.
I know that if I didn't have the amazing support system I had in my darkest time, I would not be healed. If I didn't have faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I would still be in darkness.
Stacy Bess continues by admonishing all of us not to judge the homeless, but to love them.
Isn't that best medicine for healing EVER. Love.