If you’re overly excited
If I’m overly excited
If you imagine the phone ringing
You’re stressed out
If I imagine the phone ringing
If you’re crying and sleeping all day
You’re sad and need time out
If I’m crying and sleeping all day
I’m depressed and need to get up.
If you’re afraid to leave your house at night
If I’m afraid to leave my house at night
If you speak your mind and express your opinions
If I speak my mind and express my opinions
If you don’t like something and mention it
You’re being honest
If I don’t like something and mention it
I’m being difficult.
If you get angry
You’re considered upset
If I get angry
I’m considered dangerous.
If you over-react to something
If I over-react to something
I’m out of control.
If you don’t want to be around others
You’re taking care of yourself and relaxing
If I don’t want to be around others
I’m isolating myself and avoiding.
If you talk to strangers
You’re being friendly
If I talk to strangers
I’m being inappropriate.
For all of the above you’re not told to take
a pill or are hospitalized, but I am!
I wonder about that myself, Jesus’ regular insistence for those heals to not tell what he’s done. Perhaps it was simply a desire to stay anonymous, which is easy enough to understand. Or perhaps Jesus wanted those whom he helped heal to own their healing.
Perhaps he wanted them to realize that they had within themselves the strength and ability to heal. Jesus was there as a support, a director or facilitator as each of those people did the hard work.
In my video for the children this week we talk about hurts that we can put a bandaid on to help them heal. We talk about how a bandaid shows the world you’re healing. But how do you put a bandaid on a wound that’s inside your mind?
Well you can’t, not in a way that people can see that you’re both wounded and healing. So we need to think about other types of bandaids. For many of us that is sharing our stories. Talking to people we trust and we know will love us even when we share our darkest hurts, are hardest moments, the true pain in our hearts. When we do that and the person across from us truly listens; Listens to hear what we are sharing, that becomes healing. That becomes a bandaid.
Leslie mentioned Living Room Group during her sharing. Living Room is a peer support group, here at mount Seymour, for people with lived experiences of mental illness. We have been meeting regularly for almost 4 years now. We gather together, right now online, and share the joys and frustrations in our lives, usually to do with our mental health, but also our lives in general, as we are more than just our mental illnesses.
For all of us, having the space to share and be heard, especially by others who understand provides much needed comfort and healing. In my mind, When the blind and mute come to be healed by Jesus, I think there’s something deeper at work. It’s not about their physical afflictions being healed, but rather – standing before Jesus – they are finally seen, finally able to heard by someone who loves them, doesn’t judge them and believes they are worthy.
May we all experience this in our lives. And find healing and hope.
If you, or someone you know is struggling with their mental wellness, or has in the past and you would like more information about Living Room, our Peer Support Group, we would be more than happy to talk with you.
Living room meets 2 times a month and is 100% confidential. You’ll have time and space to be heard and to be in relationship with a community of people who understand lived experiences of mental illness. We are not group therapy nor do we offer advice. We simply listen and care. amen