Archive for the ‘Healing’ Category

THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER

I suffer as the rest of humankind
Tainted by sin
Now, a constant eruption of misery
Calamity, persecution, pain
Relieved only when we give Jesus our hands
To infuse our wills with strength
And give Him our hearts
To teach us compassion
Our lives, torn and shattered as they feel
Pose a threat to our meaningful existence

There is an avenue to strength
To light
It is a knowledge of God’s love for us
Keeping us uplifted
Amid disabling disasters
Leading us to the fountain
For to those who believe in Him
Jesus offers living water
The Holy Spirit
Allowing our hearts to overflow with love
Granting us power
To assist Him in mission
Bringing other hurting hearts to the Healer
Forgotten souls to the Father
Lost sheep to the Shepherd
Join Jesus now
As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death
He is our hope and salvation

HOPE FOR A FALLEN WORLD

My friend is dying
Lord, what did he ever do
To deserve prolonged suffering?
My mind cannot grasp a reason
Other than our human condition
Deceived by Satan
Into receiving sinful natures
A scourge on humankind
All destined to die
And many, untimely deaths
Like my friend
Young yet,
Formerly bright
Struck down by Huntingtons
A cruel disease

What can help to transform
Our world of destruction?
Hearts bound to Jesus’ heart
Ready to give rather than receive
Functioning as a cradle for grieving
Embracing vulnerable souls
Leading them to the Great Healer

What smooths jagged emotions
Left by a legacy of sin?
Lifts hopes for redemption?

Grace from God
Flowing to sinners
Finding an anchor in faith
In Jesus’ perfect sacrifice

Looking forward
To an everlasting home
Standing in His presence
Casting our crowns at His feet
The Lord of the universe
Our healing balm

HEALING THE PAIN

What do you do when you’re in despair? Some turn to drinking or illicit drugs, which is understandable, considering the lack of moderation and void of common sense prevalent in segments of our American society. All too many people have been afflicted with these evils. But does numbing of our senses, experiencing a temporary high, or escaping from a reality we find unacceptable, what we need?

Handling our physical, mental, or emotional pain is never easy. Finding answers to financial problems can seem impossible. Suicide may seem, to some, the only answer to a multitude of gripping situations. The loss of a loved one can be crushing. Nothing seems to diminish the resulting loneliness and pain we experience even while in the supportive company of friends.

A multitude of experiences can result in despair. So what’s a person to do? The best way to start healing is to turn to Jesus. Only He fully understands despair. His nature is not only divine, but human. Jesus prevented from despairing by turning to His Father in heaven during prayer each morning. He dealt with accusations from the Pharisees many days. He came in contact with people in deplorable conditions daily. The demon-possessed man of the Gadarenes, the man at the pool of Bethesda, the woman who’d hemorrhaged for twelve years and hadn’t found a doctor to help her, are examples. He could have despaired in not knowing if He had the reserves of strength needed to heal these. Jesus’ strength came from daily communing with His Father.

Late in His ministry in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus experienced such anguish when He faced the Cross alone, after His Father hid His face from Him, that Jesus sweat drops of blood. An angel came to Jesus to strengthen Him, allowing Him to press forward with His mission to save the world by sacrificing His life for our sins.

Our having a close relationship with Jesus allows Him to raise us from the depths of despair when we call on Him. King David in the Bible called on God often when his enemies sought to ruin him or to take his life. David praised God regularly in his psalms, thereby preventing despair. We can avert falling into a pit by remembering to talk to God every morning. He’s our faithful friend even when others fail us.

For those struggling with financial problems, getting credit counselling is smart. But ultimately, tithing — giving that ten percent of our income back to God — usually ensures God’s faithful protection of our finances.

God can guide our lives if we’d only let Him. Only He knows what we need. He has a glorious path laid out for us. While in prayer and meditation, listen to His voice. He will lead each of us and won’t disappoint. He loves us.

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