What a blessing it is to get together with family and friends during Easter, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, birthdays and other times of celebration. However, these times can also be very emotionally painful for many people.
An example of emotional pain from the past being triggered after over six decades was related to Kathy by one of her ministry recipients several years ago. This woman, Betty (not her real name), had been married for over 50 years when she asked her husband to go to the store for her to buy a jar of pickles. Betty told him the type and brand of pickles that she wanted, but when he returned home, he had a jar of generic pickles that was not even the type that she had requested.
Well, this woman who was in her seventies said that she went into a rage! However, Betty also had some knowledge about inner emotional wounds and quickly realized that her reaction had very little to do with the pickles. So, she asked the Lord what was going on with her, and He revealed the root of her emotional outburst. When Betty was a child, her family was very poor and her mother only bought things that were the least expensive. If her mother came home with anything that was not the cheapest item, this woman’s father went into a rage. The pain and trauma that surfaced when Betty’s husband came home with the generic pickles had been stuffed for over 60 years!