M. Antoinette McGruder // Sexual Trauma
Do you have deep sadness over the things that you have seen - lives that have been cut short; physical wounds that will never fully heal? Do you grieve the loss of friends? Are you able to cry? God hears our cries and cares about our hurts. God can help carry your sorrow. Bring your feelings to God and find his comfort.
Talking honestly about what we’ve experienced is difficult, but necessary. Guilt, anger, alienation, and loss of self worth after service are normal human reactions to extreme stress and trauma.
They don’t get better and they don’t go away on their own, but there is hope in processing your private thoughts and feelings with fellow warriors, and a God that does understand.
Your service, self-sacrifice, and patriotism came with a cost, but you don’t need to continue paying the price forever.