The healing aspects of biblical letters: A personal perspective

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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Abstract

The Bible was written and interpreted in a context, but is timeless and powerful in offering us wisdom and hope. In times of suffering, we can experience the therapeutic nature of the Bible in offering us strength and promise. I revisited my personal experience of my son suffering from a rare under-reported genetic disease in relation to my churchmate's unconditional regard for me, demonstrated through biblical letters during the 3 months following my son's diagnosis. The first letter will be shown and a discussion presented according to four themes: (a) helpful events while writing and reading the letter; (b) serving as a means of womanly social support; (c) being a way of reciprocal helping; and (d) adopting a perspective of strength while getting closer to God. This article ends by highlighting the importance of biblical letters as a means of counseling and as a prayer for God's love.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Poetry Therapy
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Bible
  • Counseling
  • Genetic disease
  • Helping
  • Hong Kong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology

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