221. More Lies and Truth

Here’s another story. Mary Ann, a 75-year-old woman who became one of my clients through the intervention of her daughter, also had a traumatic event as a young child.

One day, shortly after her husband left home and abandoned her, Mary Ann’s mother abandoned her daughter by leaving her on the front doorstep of her sister’s home, little suitcase in her six-year-old hands, and a verbal message ringing in her ears, “I don’t want to take care of you any longer; your aunt and her husband will be your new parents.” If that weren’t bad enough, her new stepparents were quite nasty to her as well.

The two lies deeply imbedded in her soul were these: God has abandoned me and I can’t trust Him. I can never forgive my natural parents or stepparents for what they did to me.”

I spent many sessions discussing with her that God loved her and her spirit of unforgiveness was poisoning her soul and causing the unhappiness and depression she was experiencing.  I made no headway. I tried to get her to hear what Jesus had to say about that event long-ago, but she was unwilling to listen. She was stuck and I could not unstick her.

Given all this, Mary Ann was certain she was going to heaven. I had not challenged that before, but I felt that if I addressed it, perhaps she might become unstuck. So I asked, “If you don’t trust God or want Him in your life, what makes you think He would want you to be in heaven with Him?” She raised her eyebrows. I had startled her and she seemed willing to talk about that. But after a few more sessions, she still could not let go of the lie that so affected her life, and I left it that she should call me if she wanted to proceed on with discovering the truth for her life, because I could no longer accept her money when we were making no headway. I continue to pray for her and hope one day she will call.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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