A blog a few days ago got me thinking about that word power again.
In itself the word congers up feelings of confidence, helpfulness, caring, independence, and other positive images to help us along life’s path.
The downside is the abuse of power, and we have all experienced that at one time or another.
After all that thinking I came to the conclusion that power is never power until it is used powerfully to help the powerless.
Thanks to Roger Baker-Utah’s blog, Area 52, five days ago that reminded me of my stand on power.
“When Love Hurts” is the title of a book relating to abuse in a relationship. authored by Jill Corey and Karen McAndless-Davis. The third edition is published by Penguin Randomhouse and is available on Amazon.com. The authors were recently interviewed on CTV and are currently traveling to promote their book.
Karen is the daughter of two of our congregation’s long time and much respected members who had no idea what their daughter was going through during the early years of her marriage. Her story is related on Amazon and is a source of inspiration to those of us who have suffered abuse either directly or witnessed it.
Love hurts in other ways as well. It is called when “I do turns to I don’t”. This happens when one or the other partner in a relationship withdraws their love and affection little by little over the lifetime of the union. What is left is a shell. The shell maintains the normal activities of day to day living…all the things that keep a household going…the “his and her” agendas, the family get-together’s, the social functions to be attended.
But something is missing…and that something is the little things; the hand-holding, the hugging, the gentle touch, the communication, the togetherness that was there in the beginning and has somehow faded into the dailiness of living life.
Thanks to Karen and Jill for putting the spotlight on abusive relationships with their book Amazon.com: When Love Hurts: A Woman’s Guide to Understanding
http://www.whenlovehurts.ca/authors/karen-and-bruce-story/ And thanks to the rest of us for recognizing the love that hurts in our own lives and rewriting our relationships to include the healing human touch.