We are the Wounded 

“Just assume that everyone within the reach of your words is wounded.”

These were my words to the writers and speakers attending my seminar entitled “What Your Audience Desperately Needs.” Because it’s true.

We all carry soul wounds.

Scars from childhood family skirmishes. Scratches from professional rejection. Scabs from physical trauma we never saw coming. Limps from having fallen one time too many.

What are your souvenirs of suffering? And what do you do with them?

Here is Elisabeth Elliot’s suggestion: “There are two ways to receive wounds. One leads to larger life. The other leads straight to death, that is to destruction—of those we influence as well as of ourselves. No one has power to hurt us more deeply than somebody we loved and counted on to understand and support us. By grace we can receive the wounds of our friends in Christ’s strength and for His glory. Or we can use the world’s methods of anger, resentment and retaliation, which is natural but lethal. The choice is ours.

Making this choice in the middle of woundedness is strategic: “Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets” 2 Corinthians 7:10.

Jesus knows we are the wounded.

That’s one reason He came and made the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross: “he was wounded for the wrong we did; he was crushed for the evil we did. The punishment, which made us well, was given to him.” He submitted to the lashes and the nails so that we wouldn’t have to; “and we are healed because of his wounds.” Isaiah 53.5

Be assured that our Lord is in the “binding up” aspect of restoration and healing: “God heals the brokenhearted / and bandages their wounds” Psalm 147:3.  He is doing that even now, in the midst of all this pandemic pain and suffering.

“Jesus mends. He sutures. He slathers salve on the injured area and wraps it in holy bandages presoaked in mercy. Then, under His divine touch, wounds heal. Even wounds that cut bone-deep or leave raised-welt scars. His mending is artistry. Restoring is His specialty. Renewing broken things is His heart. Reclaiming shattered souls—repairing tattered lives—His preoccupation.” (Cynthia Ruchti in “Tattered and Mended”)

Like Thomas, perhaps we need to touch His hands and feet. He understands.

under the mercy, Lucinda

“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”

©2020 Lucinda Secrest McDowell 

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 15 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” and “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most.” She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouragement at LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com

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  1. maggierowe on April 25, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Thank you for this reminder that we all carry soul wounds, Cindy. I have offered them hospitality in my life for far too long.

  2. Maribeth Ditmars on April 22, 2020 at 11:12 am

    It was a turning point in my marriage when I realized my husband was wounded from childhood. It helped me to rely on Jesus and not expect my husband to be everything.

  3. Jeanne Doyon on April 22, 2020 at 11:13 am

    So thankful that He can touch our wounded and broken places, making them our testimony and strength to offer to others. Thanks, Cindy.

  4. Sheree Harrington on April 22, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    He surely binds up the broken-hearted. What a blessing to know Jesus cares and understands. God bless you, Lucinda!

    • Sharon banta on April 22, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      Yes, thank you for your reminders, it is only christ from GOD through the holy spirit who does the operation in our wounded places. I have had many wounds that started to kill me but in surrender and trusting my LORD to heal those places I have been freed from the bondage of the wounds. Needing from time to time to resurrender my pain.”PRAISE JESUS!, THANK You lord!!!” By HIS wounds are we healed. Blessings!

  5. Kerin Medeiros on April 22, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    It is surely a milestone on our discipleship journey when we relinquish our right to avenge a wrong and instead receive disappointment with contentment. It is a monumental unshackling from expectations of zero suffering. In that battle site His love, His empowerment and His mercy are intimately real. Thank you for this timely reminder that we live an exchanged life!

  6. Yvonne Stallings on April 22, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Beautifully written Cindy. As always

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