Trauma affects almost everyone in our society. War, rape, physical and emotional abuse, untimely loss, and many other events can traumatize those who survive the experience. Oftentimes, the traumatized are left struggling to hear the voice of God and thus, they sink into despair. This forty-day devotional focuses on the journey that traumatized people can take in order to move from despair to hope. Using Scripture such as the Psalms and stories of others who have been traumatized, this devotional uses forty days to represent times of trials and tribulations in Scripture. The journey from despair to hope is one that takes people from a time of disorientation to a new understanding of God and His relationship to us. While “forty” is symbolic, the journey inspired by this devotional is a real journey that leads to hope and peace for those who seek God.
About the authors:
Michael and Kathy Langston have been married over thirty years, and are parents of three children. Michael retired after 36 years of service (30 active) in the U.S. Marine Corps (infantry officer) and the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps receiving a diagnosis of severe PTSD after his tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Kathy, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, embraced military spouse life and enjoyed her ministry with Navy and marine Corps spouses. She currently teaches professional communication at the University of South Carolina.