Have you been through something traumatic? Is someone you know going through a tragedy? How do you help them, or help yourself?
Trauma is a feeling or emotion caused by an incident or a memory from something horrible. We can’t control the circumstance, but we can process, and seek the Hope we know comes only from one place.
Joining us for today’s discussion is our friend Dave Wager. Dave is president of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute in northern Wisconsin. Dave is also co-hosts a radio program on our station designed to help young people understand the Truth of God’s Word. Check out HopeNet Radio Sunday evenings from 7 – 9 and have your teens tune in!
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Some tips we discussed to minister to others in pain:
- Get them moving.
- Understand their feelings and listen
- Help them focus away from self
- Listen and force the person to verbalize their thoughts and emotions.
- Call tragedy what it is.
- Be patient, but not tolerant (of sin, lies)
- Get through today
- Give Hope – the Gospel. There is no hope apart from God