Tucked into Abraham’s biography is the story of Hagar, a
young Egyptian slave with whom Abraham had a son named Ishmael. Hagar stood out
because she was wounded—not physically, but in ways that were as emotionally
and spiritually painful as any injury to a body would be. Some wounds were
provoked by her own bad behavior, but others were inflicted by those who
considered themselves God’s people.
Anne Graham Lotz too has been wounded by God’s people. Some
wounds have been deeper than others, some have come out of nowhere, and still
others have been provoked by her own behavior—but all of the wounds have been
deeply painful. They seemed to hurt even more when those who wounded her
wrapped their behavior in a semblance of religion or piety.
As Hagar’s story unfolds, you discover that wounded people
often will wound others as well. While Anne identifies with the wounded, the
unpleasant reality is that she also identifies with those who wound others,
because she has been one, too. She knows from experience that wounding is a
cycle that needs to be broken. And by God’s grace, it can be.
Many have had similar experiences. And perhaps you are among
those who have been so deeply hurt that you have confused God’s imperfect
people with God. Maybe you have even run away from God as a result. Or perhaps
you have wounded others to the extent that you are living in a self-imposed
exile, believing you are unworthy to be restored to a warm, loving relationship
with God or with God’s people. Whatever your hurts may be, Wounded by God’s People helps you to begin a healing journey—one
that enables you to reclaim the joy of God’s presence and all the blessings God
has for you. Download and start listening now!