Verbum et Ecclesia
On-line version ISSN 2074-7705
Print version ISSN 1609-9982
COETZER, Wentzel C. and SNELL, Lutricia. Important meta-theoretical guidelines regarding the emotionally wounded person. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2012, vol.33, n.1, pp.1-10. ISSN 2074-7705. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v33i1.574.
This article examines the relationship between emotional woundedness and faith estrangement. Trust issues towards God often emerge in the heart of the believer when left vulnerable and in shock due to unforeseen trauma. The dilemma is that this condition leaves the wounded person more vulnerable. With a view to bringing healing and deeper faith, different trauma intervention models are evaluated and the role of forgiveness, retribution and faith are examined. In conclusion, some guidelines regarding a holistic approach in the pastoral counselling of the traumatised faith-estranged person are presented.