Healing Balm

January 15, 2010
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Psalm 145:13 – Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving towards all he has made. (NIV)

When the weather becomes severe, my hands are always plagued with extremely painful cracks. No matter how much I moisturize or what type of lotion I use, my hands suffer every winter. Some of the liquid skin medications help alleviate the pain as the cracks heal, but nothing prevents the cracking from happening in the first place. At such times, I wonder whether the money, time, and effort to purchase good moisturizer and apply it faithfully is worth it. I have learned through experience, however, that if I just keep applying the balm and trusting it to do what it is supposed to do, in time, it does bring about the healing I need and desire.

Likewise within our Christian lives, I have made a similar discovery. Severe "weather" plagues every life. Times of pain and suffering are a given. No amount of godliness prevents cracks from coming into the lives of God's children from time to time. Knowing, and regularly applying, the promises of God to our daily living, however, is a wonderful prescription. God's promises, when read, believed, and applied, are a faithful balm to help minimize the effects of suffering, while encouraging and promoting healing amidst the severe seasons of life.

There is no charge for this prescription. It is free for the reading or hearing. It is available to everyone with or without medical coverage. There is no age limit for this remedy and refills are available as needed. It is also no secret, so be sure to pass it along to all your friends. After all, severe weather conditions are a reality in everyone's life.

Prayer: Father God, how good it is to know that You are totally trustworthy. Your promises are true and able to bring about healing and hope in our lives, no matter how great our pain may be. Bless each of us with Your comfort and healing presence, through the power of Your Word, as we trust it and apply it this day. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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