PTSD in veterans claims a lot of attention these days because it is widespread and resistant to common medical approaches. Experts admit it seems incurable, but are finding effective coping alternatives to drugs. Writer Val Minard goes farther, however, as she relates a tale of two veterans: a soldier and a chaplain. The soldier copes but the chaplain reports a complete recovery through prayer and spiritual means alone. Minard writes:
“That’s what happened to Ryder Stevens, a Christian Scientist, who served as a chaplain with the 82nd Airborne Division. He began to see early signs of PTSD in himself after serving in combat. ‘I was aggravated in crowds, I started to sweat when I was close to people, and I became ill-tempered over simple things,’ he said.
This chaplain turned to his Biblical training to remember God’s reassurance: “… I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (a hope and a promise) (Jer. 29:11)…
“He found comfort in two ideas from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. ‘Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you’ and ‘Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself.’
“Ryder prayed to understand that in serving others he was ‘doing his duty,’and therefore he was actually protected from rather than exposed to trauma, and that he had always been safe in God’s love. He began to see that warfare couldn’t define or limit him, or keep him from expressing his God-given peace, buoyancy, and resilience. He didn’t need to be affected by the ‘human hatred’ of combat or harmed for having served. He could live his life fully and claim his mental freedom. In a few days, he was back to his old self.”
Ryder still had more prayerful work to do, however. If you’d like to learn how he prayed his way to a complete recovery, and more about PTSD in veterans generally, Read More here.