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Emily P. Freeman is a writer who creates space for souls to breathe. She is the author of four books, including her most recent release, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their twin daughters and twinless son.

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  1. Your words are heartfelt, simple and necessary. Our Someone, the Healer, Comforter,and Creator makes the closure easier to bear. He brings joy during the times we may want to bring that box back out of the attic.
    The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy. Psalm 16:3

  2. Thank goodness, we’ve all found the healer. I know I am more whole knowing he’s there loving me. As I feel that love wash over me, once again I feel the healing reach deep into my soul. More eddies of trust swirl around my heart, and I feel deeper healing begin.

  3. Here’s my evidence of a goal of completion: I write things on my to do list after I’ve done them just so I can check them off. So much easier to appreciate the work of the day when it is written and crossed off!

  4. “I use a certain pen…” Hahahahaha. I love a person who will admit that out loud.
    Great post.
    Too often, craving closure, we rush past healing…and settle for less.
    It’s messy, though. And courage is needed.
    “I am the LORD, your Healer.” – Exo. 15:26
    He can do it!

  5. You know what my favorite part of reading this was? That I recognize the handwriting on the to-do list. Wonderful thoughts, Em.

  6. What a beautiful post. I also follow my to-do lists with hollow boxes. Sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly unproductive, I write down things I’ve already completed just so I can check it off my list.
    We are so blessed to have a healer, a creator, a Father.

  7. Oh, Emily. Even though I’m not even close to being a list-maker, I still love this. 🙂
    I never thought about it that way – that really it’s healing, not closure that we need. Looking back at past experiences and relationships with this thought in mind brings a whole new clarity to the situation. Honestly – one jumped to mind immediately.
    Thank you for the new perspective.
    -elizabeth

  8. “It usually takes longer than I think, runs deeper than I wished and involves more areas of my life than I ever imagined.”
    so true.
    i am finding that even in the hard healing God is gracious. in hind-sight i’m always grateful he walked me through it, healing every part, through and through. oh but it is hard.

  9. Thank you for sharing this insight. I completely agree. The word closure makes it sound like I could potentially do it on my own – shut it out, cover up that wound with other things. But healing, that word clearly directs me to release control and trust the only One who can really heal.

  10. i was just reading another blogger’s perspective on this–although, of course, i don’t remember who now! guess God is trying to get my attention about it, huh? 🙂 well done!

  11. I’m not a list maker, but i can see that you are at the top of the ‘list maker’s’ list.
    Very neat and attractive.
    I’m a word lover though, and will write words just to be writing words. So, who’s the crazy one? You, who make list to show you’ve accomplished something? Or me, who writes words just to be writing words? Hmmmmmm….