May 19, 2021
May is Mental Health month. This month and every month, we see the effects of mental illness on the community that come to us. Traumatized repeatedly since childhood, wounds that have never been able to heal, because there are so few places to be able to stop, rest and regain mental health.
Today was no exception. She has been on the street for many years. Band from most places because of inappropriate social behavior, she wanders the streets unable to engage in a logical conversation for more than a very short few minutes.
If you listen for a few months or years, you will hear the horrible things that have happened to her. You will want to help her and wonder how. You will think, “Someone has to do something! It’s just wrong for her to be allowed to roam the streets. When you look for help, you will see all the gaps, all the hands that are tied that want to help. You will see all the untimely limited services.
Today, she was in a different place in her mind. I saw her. I saw her smile. I saw her laugh. I saw that this time I reminded her of someone she was fond of. She looked me straight in the eye and placed some spare change in my hand and said, “I want you to take this. This place is helping people and you’ve got to continue.” Then suddenly, a shift to sadness. With tears in her eyes, I hear her say, “I just want to go home. Can’t I just go home? I want to go home.”
At The Father’s Heart, we want you to know that we see you. We see you in there. Underneath all the trauma, the brokenness, the loss; we see YOU. We recognize that are made in the image of God and we love you. God loves you. He sees you. He knows what you have endured. He knows your pain and suffering. He sent you to us to be loved…and that is what we will continue to do. We will love you. We will be a safe and peaceful place for you to heal.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3