"O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord." ~ Psalm 139: 1-4
We all have secrets. There are a number of television shows out there that expose secrets. Marvel Comics is full of secret identities. The term "skeletons in the closet" refers to secrets that one might have in a person's past.
Secrets are real: thoughts, memories, feelings that we keep to ourselves. Often we think, "If people knew what I feel or think, they would not love me."
These carefully kept secrets can do us much harm. They can make us feel guilty or ashamed and may lead us to self-rejection, depression, and in extreme instances, even suicidal thoughts and actions.
One of the most important things we can do with our secrets is to share them in a safe place, with people we trust.
When we have a good way to bring our secrets into the light and can look at them with others, we will quickly discover that we are not alone with our secrets and that our trusting friends will love us more deeply and more intimately than before.
Bringing our secrets into the light creates community and inner healing. As a result of sharing secrets, not only will others love us better but we will love ourselves more fully.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.