Easter Reflections

  • By Spirit Fire
  • May 12, 2017

Kathy O’Connell, Founder I often place myself in Jesus’ position as he was betrayed by a loved one, carried His Cross, even fell three times on his journey leading him to a crucial death. It saddens me over and over to know our Jesus endured such pain and endured...

Closing Our First Year

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

Healing Voices – December 2016 V1 N7 INTRODUCTION By Mike Hoffman, Founder Welcome to the Healing Voices December edition. Thank you for visiting with us, again, and a special thanks to those who forwarded our invitation to new survivors; some are even published in this issue. This edition is...

Focus on Jesus

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Ann Phillips Browning I find meaning in Christmas by focusing on baby Jesus. I enjoy babies so much, I like to wonder what Jesus was like as a baby. I like to imagine the joy and delight that Mary and Joseph took in snuggling with him. I also...

Time for Me

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Shannon M. Deitz I believe one of the greatest gifts I give to myself during the Christmas holidays is taking time for me. I make it an effort to say I’m worth the time to do what I love, and for me that is sitting in front of...

God, Face to Face

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Charlene and Rick Niemi A priest friend recently told me that I cannot always judge past events through the eyes of “what I know now”.  That brings to mind thoughts from 1 Corinthians:  “At present we see indistinctly, as a mirror…but when the perfect comes…then face to face.”...

Sober Holidays

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Mark I am a grateful recovering alcoholic. Through God’s grace I am 18 years sober. Christmas is full of “reasons” for me to start drinking. There’s a lot of reasons to feel sorry for myself around then. But that’s stinking thinking and it leads me back to drinking....

By Mike, Founder It doesn’t happen all by itself. In fact, if I’m not careful, it can be a real mess. Each year, I must prepare myself for Christmas. By this I mean, I must prepare my heart. I have experienced calm, peaceful joyous wonderment in my family relationships,...

A Sister's Christmas Blessing

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Mary Ring the bells that can still ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in.*   As the sister of a survivor of clergy abuse, I have come to understand how, in the coming weeks, the darkness can seem...

Magic of the Holidays

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Kathy, Founder As a child, I can recall many different emotions as the holidays came around. Before the age of seven, when abuse began for me, I recall the excitement, the joy, the magic of Christmas. Wondering each year what Santa was going to bring to me, in hopes...

Light in Darkness

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Teresa, Founder I’ve made my peace with the agony-half of Christmas. Grief, abandonment, betrayal, fright and pain: they are mixed with happier memories and blessings in my life. Christmas is born into all of this, into my whole life, not just the merry me. Maybe having survived enough...

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