The Wounded Healer
The holidays are upon us and for many they are not always a cheerful time. The holidays can be a painful reminder of a tough year, loved ones who are not there, or relationships that are broken and seem beyond repair.
Many have scars. Scars start as wounds. When our body is wounded it heals from the inside out eventually completing the healing process when the skin comes together, and what remains is a scar.
For those who have been wounded mentally, emotionally, or spiritually healing happens the same way, from the inside out. Some of these wounds are deep, some are not allowed to heal because they continue to be messed with.
How do we heal from these not visible wounds? From the inside out…”But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
By the wounds of Christ, we are healed! He was wounded for us, to take away our wounds and iniquities that we might heal and be made whole from the inside out. For those who have found this healing and now carry the mental, emotional, and spiritual scars, allow those scars to be balm on the wounds of others. You offer hope to those still seeking or in the process of healing. “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
As the holidays approach enjoy the time if you can. Be observant to those who may be suffering. Be graceful with others who are still in the process of being grace filled. If your wounds are now scars may those scars serve as beacons of hope for those still in the process. All wounds heal from the inside out. Allow the wounded healer to bring healing and peace to your life. May Christ in us be the hope of glory.
The words of St. Francis’ Prayer say it well:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
This I believe is good news for those in the process. The four weeks of Advent each have a focus Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. These weeks are a journey were the light grows in the dark places and the healing can begin. Start with hope that you are on a journey, trust the love of the wounded healer, begin to find joy in life, and accept the peace that can rest in your heart as your wounds become scars.
God loves you!