Refuge from Domestic Violence, by Wendy Margolese

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) states, that there are more than 10 million domestic abuse victims annually in this country. In this article, Wendy Margolese, a colleague and writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, talks about this heart-felt topic that effects so many.  She shares her spiritual perspective and the story of a woman who has escaped from domestic abuse-mentally and physically.  Wendy acknowledges how reaching out to God through prayer can heal the wounds of self-doubt and the feelings of worthlessness by seeing our true identity as His image and likeness-loved and good. Join me and read this thought provoking and enlightening article!

A few years ago, a friend of mine needed refuge from domestic abuse. She’d had the courage to leave the imprisoning situation that had become untenable, but now she was looking to actually heal the fear and hurt.

Emma, who doesn’t want her real name used, had been a student of the Bible for most of her life. It felt natural for her to turn to some of the scriptural stories of people released from prisons – some physical, some mental – who had been helped and healed. One verse that meant a lot to her was from the prophet Isaiah: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you” (66:13, Common English Bible).

Emma said she was also inspired by the idea that we are all made in God’s spiritual image, and by the promise that everything in creation (including her) was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). She began to glimpse that her identity was not worthless, as she’d been led to believe, but that she was the actual spiritual creation of God, which the Divine saw as “very good.”

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org