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Listen while you read: "Stand Up And Bless The Lord"1 (Lyrics)

James 5:15 – And the prayer that is said in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will heal that person. And if the person has sinned, the sins will be forgiven. (NCV)

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. (NIV)

Jeremiah 30:17a – "For I will restore health to you and heal your wounds," says the Lord. (NKJV)

Winter was all but gone and spring was in the air. Feeling invigorated, I headed out into the sunshine for some final winter fun on the skating rink at Victoria Park. I struck a pose, and struck the ice, ending the outing and breaking my wing. My cast colour was Toronto Maple Leaf blue. During that same week, my niece broke her leg. The air was cool, and the snow on the ski slopes shimmered. Her skis were fast, but the snow beneath them shifted. The cast on her leg was bright neon green. The following week, a friend and her child weren't seeing eye-to-eye. Feelings were hurt, bags were packed, and a bedroom stands empty — relationships forever altered and hearts broken. Emotional wounds concealed within these earthly bodies are now left alone in the dark either to fester or to mend on their own.

We can't always see another's affliction. A bright cast eagerly grabs our attention and invites us to express our concern or offer assistance. Unfortunately, matters of the heart, mind, and emotions can be more difficult to detect. Those whose wounds are invisible to us often don't receive our compassion and support unless they alert us to their need. Fortunately, God sees all of our hurts and needs, whether hidden or in plain view. He knows all about our heartaches and worries. He always knows what we need, when we need it, and how to deliver it to us, sometimes sending us to others as His help. He is well able to mend broken bones and hearts. His help is only a prayer away.

Prayer: Loving Father, thank You for equipping and using skilled doctors and medical personnel as agents of healing. Guide their hearts, hands, and minds as they do Your work in this world. Thank You for using friends, family, and the kindness of strangers to minister to us in times of need. May our words and actions be a blessing to someone today. Dear Lord, bind up our wounds, heal our hearts, forgive our sins, and restore our health. All of these things we ask in the precious name of Jesus, for by His stripes, we are healed. Amen.

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