He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3, Holy Bible, New King James Version)
The human body has a natural healing process. Cut your finger and within days, new skin forms to seal the open wound. Deeper cuts may need stitches but still heal within a few weeks. Break a bone and the knitting process is initialized to seal the gap and regrow the bone. Severe breaks or shattered bone may need surgery, but even then, the natural process is at work to strengthen the bones.
Healing a broken heart, unlike physical wounds, can be a slow and painful journey with the absence of specific healing properties to rush to the injured area. No ointment can soothe the pain. Counselors can help, but emotional well-being needs a touch from the Great Healer.
The Voice translation says “He… heals the sorrows of their hearts.” When the wound is too deep, God is there for you.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for emotional healing. Your touch has healed the sorrows of my heart. Amen.
BY VIOLET CARR MOORE
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3, Holy Bible, New Living Translation
I watched a shepherd relocate his large flock from a depleted pasture to a more nourishing grazing area. The sheep were not distracted by the line of impatient drivers as they crossed the paved road toward greener pastures. They recognized him as their master and followed through unfamiliar territory without fear.
The Lord cares for us as a tender shepherd. When we recognize His sovereignty―that He is the God who created us―then we, like those sheep, will understand that traveling through unfamiliar territory and rough terrain may be His way to guide us on an uncertain journey.
Prayer: Lord, when I struggle on the rocky trails of the unexpected, I will trust You, my shepherd, to bring me to a place of quiet rest. Amen.
BY VIOLET CARR MOORE
Adapted from Moments of Meditation by Violet Carr Moore, copyright 2007.
“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12, Holy Bible, New Living Translation).
A questionnaire lists options to circle or check physical ailments. “Have you or anyone else in your family ever had. . . ?” followed by medical conditions. A driver’s license application questions, “Have you ever lost consciousness except during surgery?” Financial forms demand an answer to “Have you ever filed bankruptcy?” Employment applications include “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”
EVER! Ever becomes forever―never to be erased―always demanding a response. When Jesus forgives your sins, He expunges “Have you ever?” With Him, yesterday is gone. Today is a new day; a fresh start.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for removing my past mistakes and giving me a fresh start. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore