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Crippled in Spirit, Then Healed with Love


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four squares (Photo credit: Craig Sefton)

– by Debbie Loesel Stanton

For many years, my spirit felt pretty dead.

I didn’t love myself, which didn’t help my situation at all.

I grew up believing that I wasn’t supposed to be me –

but a composite of everything good and yes, perfect.

That’s a really hard role to live up to!

Not to mention, impossible and degrading.

But SUDDENLY, a light burned through all the dross:

The light was LOVE.

How wonderful to be able to breathe!

To not have to defend my right to be here on this earth.

To know that Love had found me and declared me valuable –

declares all of us valuable, in fact.

The walls in my soul came crashing down,

like angry tides and breakers in the ocean.

Once in awhile I return to deep within myself

to hide behind the walls that I can’t find anymore.

Then, I retreat from the idea of trying to hide

Knowing that there is nothing left to prove –

I am healed

by Love, the transforming force that lets in the light.


A message from Debb:

Hey friends, I’m just here to remind you that whether or not you love yourself is actually immaterial at this point.  You can believe me that I am telling the truth:  you are loved, you are special, and you are valuable.   I dare anyone to defy me on this!

See you tomorrow!  🙂

Author: Debb Stanton

I am an optimistic, positive person who is a seven year cancer survivor. Since that time I have learned that getting a cancer diagnosis does not always mean an automatic death sentence. I like to share my hope with others and continue to encourage them - no matter who they are or what they need encouragement for. I write poems, prayers, articles, and stories. Recently the premiere issue of my online magazine, launched. Thank you for visiting!

2 thoughts on “Crippled in Spirit, Then Healed with Love

  1. Thank you – I was wondering if people understood this or not.

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