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There is an advertisement in Chicago that reads “Sometimes there are wounds that can’t be seen” in reference to soldiers who have a variety of syndromes of stress and trauma from war. It is true there are many wounds that cannot be seen. There is another type of would I want to focus on, sexual wounds.
I know there are people who have suffered sexual trauma, abuse, rape, and other forms of repulsive sins. If you are one of them, know there is restoration. God knit you together in your mother’s womb, and can re-knit you, restore what was lost, from the inside out.
There is a book I want to extend to you, Rid of my Disgrace, by Lindsey and Justin Holcomb. An interviewer of the author asked him, “You want something to happen out there in people’s lives. What is the one impact you long for most of all?”
“The disgrace that results from sexual assault has a way of grinding people down and heaping huge burdens on them. Because of it people feel lonely, filthy, worthless, repulsive, hopeless, and unwanted. Our hope is that God will use the clear Gospel message of the book to eliminate that disgrace and its effects. What victims need is for God to be strong when they are weak and to be close to the brokenhearted. We want people to experience God fulfilling his promises to them. We pray that God uses the book to apply the grace from Jesus deeper than the wounds people have experienced.”
– Justin Holcomb, author Rid of my Disgrace
An article on Grace and Disgrace in light of sexual abuse.
An excerpt from the article:
“This post is written to sexual assault victims, not about them. What happened to you was not your fault. You are not to blame. You did not deserve it. You did not ask for this. You should not be silenced. Nobody had the right to violate you. You were supposed to be treated with dignity and respect. You are not damaged goods. You are not worthless. You do not have to pretend like nothing happened. Healing can happen, and there is hope. While all of this is true, you may still feel the effects of the sexual assault—disgrace, a deep sense of defilement and filth that is encumbered with shame….
The Bible begins with creation in harmony, unity, and peace, and it ends with a restored creation. In between these two “bookends” unfolds the drama of redemption. Salvation was needed because of the tragedy of human rebellion that resulted in disgrace and destruction. Because God is faithful and compassionate, he restores his fallen creation and responds with grace and redemption. This good news is fully expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and its scope is “as far as the curse is found.”
Buy the book here.
I don’t pretend there is a quick fix to the deep matters of the heart, but I pray this may aid in your healing and restoration.