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How Time Heals

Hi, my name is Ken, and I’m a recovering self-help junkie. 

Henri Nouwen again, from a daily email I receive…

“Time heals,” people often say. This is not true when it means that we will eventually forget the wounds inflicted on us and be able to live on as if nothing happened. That is not really healing; it is simply ignoring reality. But when the expression “time heals” means that faithfulness in a difficult relationship can lead us to a deeper understanding of the ways we have hurt each other, then there is much truth in it. “Time heals” implies not passively waiting but actively working with our pain and trusting in the possibility of forgiveness and reconciliation.

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  1. Michele Cloutier
    July 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    very true Ken! it takes being active in the healing process not passively watching things go by….

  2. Lori
    March 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Time heals means we finally recognize that forgiveness is freedom.

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