05.18.24 EChurch@Wartburg Ken Garrett: Recognizing and Healing from Spiritual Abuse


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Waiting and Longing link

God of the seasons,
God of the years,
God of the eons,
Alpha and Omega,
before us and after us.

You promise and we wait:
we wait with eager longing,
we wait amid doubt and anxiety,
we wait with patience thin
and then doubt,
and then we take life into our own hands.

We wait because you are the one and the only one.
We wait for your peace and your mercy,
for your justice and your good rule.

Give us your spirit that we may wait
obediently and with discernment,
caringly and without passivity,
trustingly and without cynicism
honestly and without utopianism,

Grant that our wait may be appropriate to your coming
soon and very soon,
soon and not late,
late but not too late.

We wait while the world groans in eager longing.

A Prayer of Benedict of Nursia link

Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
ears to hear you,
eyes to to see you,
a tongue to proclaim you,
a way of life pleasing to you,
patience to wait for you
and perseverance to look for you.

Grant me a perfect end,
your holy presence,
a blessed resurrection
and life everlasting.

Prayer of St Richard of Chichester  link

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly, day by day.

Benediction of St Francis of Assisi link

Now, wherever we are,
and in every place,
and at every hour,
throughout each time of each day,
may all of us honestly and humbly believe,
holding in our hearts
to love, honor,
adore, serve,
praise, bless,
glorify, exalt,
magnify, and give thanks
to the Most High and Eternal God,
Trinity and Unity.


05.18.24 EChurch@Wartburg Ken Garrett: Recognizing and Healing from Spiritual Abuse — 3 Comments

  1. Thank you, Dee.

    One of the things that I feel grateful to you for is that you have provided me with language and concepts that are helpful in interpreting what I have observed and experienced. I am fortunate to have not become trapped in an abusive church, but I have had dealings with narcissists and manipulators, and the techniques of control described here echo what I have experienced.

    Again, thank you.

  2. Samuel Conner,

    Thank you for caring enough to comment. Too many folks have been devastated by manipulators in the church. Thankfully, some of us are getting smart and are reaching out toggle voice to others.