(an encore post by Cecil Murphey)
I've heard those words before. In my years of pain, I said them many times. And it was true: No one understood me.
How could anyone? They couldn't read my mind. They couldn't look at the way I walked and say, "There's someone who needs my compassion."
For most of us who start down the healing path, the first big step we can make is to say to someone, "I'd like to talk to you." That person can be a pastor, a therapist, a friend, or a co-worker, but it has to be someone we feel we can trust. I write, "feel we can trust" because we can't be certain about anyone, so we'll have to take a few risks.
Too many pain-filled men haven't spoken aloud about their abuse. Maybe not enough of us will listen. Maybe they don't have the courage to speak.
But unless they give others the opportunity to care for them, they'll have to continue to say, "Nobody understands me."
And they'll be correct.