We think it’s important to hear the stories as well last the heart of those impacted by trauma. This is a prayer that Hannah-Kate Williams has been praying since after the SBC Annual Meeting in June. We publish this today in the hopes that it will help others understand the impact that trauma has upon individuals. But we also share this in hope. We, along with Hannah-Kate, know that trauma doesn’t get the last word. Jesus does. And for that we are thankful. We grieve but we do so with hope. We too long for the day when Jesus puts all trauma to rest.
Here is her prayer:
“Damn you, Trauma. You active thief, you blemish of Satan. Your hold is deafening as you cover my ears and filter my thoughts. Deceit is your weapon and truth is your enemy. Here, you take the joys of my spirit and the hopes of my heart… you steal them from my control and cover them in shame. You don’t just take from me in the moment of infliction… But you rob every breath that follows. You wage war against my healing. You turn assurances of safety and good fortune into threats of unworthiness and failure. Damn you. Your day of judgment will surely surface with the rising of Redemption’s sun. The light will tear your cloak of darkness in two. Your purpose will be void and your influence, bare. No longer will you hold the power to invade the most intimate parts of my soul. Your work will be mocked as my Jesus deems you destroyed. In the pits of Hell, you will remain. All of Eternity will echo life’s victory over you. You will be no more. Relief will shout into the ears you once claimed.”