Healing Hurts

“We’re hurting,” solemnly declared Dallas Police Chief, David Brown, in a news conference Friday following the senseless shooting by a sniper Thursday night that killed five cops.

Hurting. It describes the Dallas police force right now. Families are hurting. Their professional colleagues are hurting. The greater community is hurting.

Hurting. It describes the physical, mental, and emotional pain inflicted by an instrument of evil.

Hurting. It also describes the nature of sin. And the spiritual impact it has on the hearts of people.

This morning as I prepare for worship, I am reminded that every Sunday, there are many who come to services who are hurting. Physical pain. Emotional turmoil. Family squabbles. Marital discord. Financial struggles. Spiritual failures. All leave people hurting.

But there is Good News. There is Help. Hope. And healing is available. Jesus, the great Physician says, I have come “to heal the brokenhearted” (Lk. 4:18).

Jesus’ healing ministry serves as a great metaphor for His message of spiritual healing for the hurting soul.

Regardless of our plight, pain, or problems, we can take comfort in the crucified Christ who suffered that we might be healed (1Pet. 2:24).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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