April 29, 2010

The Art of Healing

"Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”
-Tori Amos
Sing it sister! That is such a profound statement on so many levels for me. As Momma Odie would say, "I'm gonna dig a little deeper" (hats off to Disney, another masterpiece). Just having celebrated Easter and our Risen Savior last month makes me think of some mighty joyous healing. Jesus was battered, bruised, humiliated and betrayed. He had the power at any moment to stop the torture and say, I don't think so, I am the Messiah, oh, and I told you so, but he didn't. He suffered, died, and rose again for you and me; so we wouldn't have to carry all the burdens when we feel battered, bruised, humiliated and betrayed. And on that third day when Thomas put his fingers on the scars of Jesus' hands, Jesus had been healed. He had been to hell and back, literally, and was made new. Not to make light of the fact that our sins are forgiven in my rant here, I'm just digging deeper. Sometimes we have to go through "hell" and back to heal those wounds too. We need those scars as a reminder of the hard times and to guide us in the direction we need to go. We become far more the person we need to be, maybe even despite who we want to be. We can walk through the fire and live to tell the tale. Here's another one for ya, "that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger". I feel blessed that the Lord was able to guide me on "digging" a bit more out of the Easter message this year.

So we all have courage to do the very big and the small. It's just a matter of who will dig for it, or who will throw in the towel. Is it ever too late to heal? I don't think so. That would be like saying, sorry just don't want to grow anymore, I've reached my limit. Without the hurdles, how will we ever know our strength, how high, how far? If we don't climb the mountain, how will we ever see the beauty from atop? It won't be easy, but it is possible. And with possibility the sky is the limit!



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