Praying for the after-stings of rejection to be removed and healed

Apr 22, 2024 | INSIGHTS, READ

I have never been stung by a bee, but I gather the most important thing to do is to extract the sting. (Don’t use tweezers though – that merely risks squeezing the venom sac, thus increasing the amount of poison released into the wound.)

Something similar is needed when we receive stinging wounds in our souls and spirits, which can so easily leave us feeling cast off, worthless and rejected, and which make it hard for us to see straight.

Here are the opening tracks of a series of reflections we recorded on the whole theme of rejection. May the Lord use them to winch off and remove any lingering trauma or rejection that may be lurking in your heart, or in the hearts of those you care for. Do feel free to pass this on to them.

A friend was telling me how a particular teacher continually spoke down to her at school, and how the echo of words that were directed at her then were still continuing to sound in her heart even decades later. It was a reminder to take authority over their negative effect and to shake them off.

Her testimony dovetailed with something a French teacher once said to me that I would never be able to speak French. How wrong can you be? It soon became my best and degree subject!

How powerful words can be to uplift and encourage, or to blight and suppress – especially when they come from people who we assume should know what they are speaking about!

Whether or not we can think of something along these lines for ourselves, it most certainly will resonate for many, so why don’t we lift our hearts today and pray for all who are living under rejection’s shadow? It’s the spiritual equivalent of living in the shadow of a very vigorous volcano!

‘Thank You, Lord, that You are the God who bids us come to You and attempt things, as if to You, whether or not we are receiving the encouragement of others as we do so. We actively bless those who have pitched in hard against us, and deliberately seek to cleanse our hearts of resentment.

Sweep many hearts free, we pray, from stabbing or gnawing pangs of rejection that would hold them back from being all that they can be for You. Keep us alert when we are in danger of adding to people’s sense of rejection, and grant us to impart life-giving encouragement by our whole attitude and approach as well by our specific words. In the name of Jesus the Accepter, Encourager and Affirmer, Amen.

And here is the series of reflections we recorded on the whole theme of rejection.

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