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By Liz Chang

The following is a poem I wrote in reflection of the Easter season and my experience as a marriage and family therapist for children, adults, couples, and families. May this encourage and inspire you who are persistent in the ministry God has called you to live out in this season of your life.

BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED

How do we know that we are in need of healing
When the strength of our souls bear the weight of the holes
That press into the hearts of people who feel empty
The hearts of people who feel alone

Their tired sighs matched with their downcast eyes
Drooping shoulders and trembling knees tell the story
Of a people in need
Of a people who seek
Hope
Love
Comfort
Restoration

How do we know that we are in need of healing
When the strength of our souls exist – only
Because of the One who strengthens us with resilience
She, the Holy Spirit, strengthens us in silence
For it is in the stillness of His presence that our Heavenly Father
Strengthens us and gives us peace

His wounds on His hands and His feet
Heal the wounds of our labor as we seek to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world
His wounds on His back and side
Heal the wounds of our insides that ache in the face of pain and suffering–
Our pain, Our suffering
His wounds on His head
Heal the wounds of our minds that cry when truth is shrouded with lies
His wounds on His heart that cry, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
Heal the wounds of our hearts that desire community

How do we know that we are in need of healing
When the strength of our souls are only strengthened by God?
Well, it is His power that is made perfect in weakness
So in our weakness, in our need
Of healing and of strength
May we seek God and may Christ’s power rest on us and give us
Hope
Love
Comfort
Restoration

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him and by his wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:4-5

Liz Chang is getting an MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy) degree at Seattle Pacific University. She graduated Taylor University with a BA in Psychology and Biblical Literature, and was raised in New York City.

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Photo by Marina Del Castell

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

I was fourteen. My father was gravely ill, hospitalized with a disease that was killing him. And the advice I heard over and over again from trusted adults in my life was this: “If you pray hard enough, God will heal your dad.” Continue Reading »

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Photo by John Althouse Cohen

By Jerrica Ching

On January 31st, I attended an internship fair for my graduate counseling program.  As a third-year graduate student, I have grown accustomed to a certain amount of heightened anxiety and stress.  After I attended that fair on January 31st however, I learned that my stress level could actually rise even higher.  There were several classrooms packed with representatives from various internship sites accompanied by their colorful and information-packed poster boards.  They answered questions, they let us ask questions, they gave us contact information, and we gave out cover letters and resumes. Continue Reading »

warriorinpinkannouncement(facebook)By Vivian Mabuni

Introduction

The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

–Deuteronomy 31:8

She had it all—described as an “Asian Martha Stewart.” Her home, the food she cooked, the clothes she wore, the clothes her children wore—all flawless.

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By Melanie Mar Chow

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.  –2 Timothy 4:1-2 Continue Reading »

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Photo by Thomas Leuthard

By Diana Gee

I’ve had several friends remark to me, “I’m glad I don’t have your job.” I take it as a backhanded compliment from people who have experienced enough of church life to know the demands and expectations placed on pastors. But having worked in secular industry and having friends in all sorts of jobs, I know that stress comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt

While AAWOL is a blogspace by Asian American women for Asian American women, we want to make good information available to you from all sources that God provides.  Cissy Brady-Rogers is one of those great sources, and she is a faithful reader and responder of our blog.  Here’s an article in which she writes about self-promotion and how that is related to self-love and mutual loving. Continue Reading »

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