February 27, 2012
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"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath...sent me to heal the brokenhearted..., to set at liberty them that are bruised," --Luke 4:18 (KJV)
A FRIEND OF MINE LEARNED THAT THE wart that appeared on his foot didn't come from walking barefoot on the floor at the YMCA, as he had surmised. His doctor told him that when children have warts, these skin growths may retreat into their bodies and come out later in different places when they are adults. Warts are minor irritations in comparison to the impact of repressed negative emotions. Children can keep their emotions bottled up inside of them when they don't feel they can express them openly. When they experience abuse, neglect, fear, or other negative experiences or relationships, they may not have any way of dealing with those situations--no counselor, no adult in whom to confide, no safe place to talk about them. It may appear as though the negative feelings go away over time, but often they are just repressed and come back in other relationships when they are adults.
Thankfully, we have a Savior who came to heal our broken hearts and free us from our woundedness. All of the pain we suffered, our lost ability to trust, our difficulty in communicating--Jesus can heal us and help us to recover and be free to live and love again.Lord Jesus, we come to You now, asking that You heal our broken hearts and free us in areas where we have been wounded. You know the pain, the fear, the confusion, and the anger that we buried years ago. The emotions continue to work below the surface to prevent us from receiving the blessings, the relationships, You have for us today. Begin that healing process within us. We don't know what all it will take for You to make us whole again, but we give ourselves fully to You, trusting You to do in us what You were sent to do. In Your loving name we pray, Amen.
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