He Looks to Heal Hearts

“Some men brought Him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” – (Matthew 9:2)

 

Perhaps the paralytic had a hurting heart that went far beyond what was seen. Jesus was exceedingly more concerned with heart healing than with physical healing. Though He gladly healed the man’s physical infirmities, Jesus touched far more with His words. Jesus likely saw a spiritual need that no one else was even aware of, and set out to heal in that space first. Not only did the paralytic walk away, but he walked away changed. His formerly heavy heart now knew forgiveness, and he had new hope, not just for today, but for eternity.

 

Clearly Christ is far more concerned with what is eternal, than with the temporal. I have had the privilege of witnessing His healing hand both physically and spiritually in the lives of dear ones; and though physical healing is a miracle, healing of the heart seems to make a more impactful change. Dear friends and loved ones who have battled illness over the past several years may not have received physical healing, but each one of them came to understand the healing His hands provided to the hurts held in the heart. Hope became real, where it had not previously been. As a result of His touch, I have the assurance that they are happily in heaven with Him.

 

When hope calls His Name,He Looks to Heal Hearts

take heart as you come;

He is our Healer,

wholeness from the Son.

Ask all that you need,

and trust that He knows;

allow Him your heart,

where true healing grows.

Embrace Him as Lord,

and trust He is good;

receive all He gives,

our need’s understood.

His love is enough,

for each hurt, to heal;

allow Him to move,

Christ’s hope to reveal.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Healer. Thank You that though You heal physically, You are far more interested in healing hearts and minds. Thank You that You draw us unto Yourself, so that we may come to know You, personally. Forgive us for not recognizing all that You are doing, even when a physical healing has not come for one that we faithfully present before You. Thank You that Your ways are higher than our ways, and Your thoughts, higher than ours. Help us to hold onto our hope in You, and recognize that ultimate healing happens when we someday see You face-to-face. Lead us to love others as You love us, and may many come to know You as the Healer of their hearts, and the Lord of their lives. Be glorified in all that we say and do. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. – Psalm 34:8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forgiveness Fuels Freedom

Stuck in this body,

image by hoyasmeg @ flickr

image by hoyasmeg @ flickr

trapped in my shame.

Were my sinful ways,

alone to blame?

These four faithful friends,

now carry me.

Hope to see Jesus,

maybe set free?

The place is a zoo,

there’s no way in.

That stopped not my friends,

they always win.

They climbed on the roof,

and cut out a hole.

Brought me way up high,

to reach the goal.

I was lowered down,

before His feet;

so vulnerable,

this way to meet.

Nerves frayed, I dared look –

into His eyes.

“You are forgiven,”

was His reply.

In that one moment,

just Him and me,

I knew His power,

I was now free!

People in the crowd,

questioning hearts,

Jesus addressed them,

to tell God’s part.

He said unto me,

“Get up and walk.”

So, I did just that.

Amazed was the talk.

(Responding to Mark 2:1-12)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that in You, there is freedom.  Thank You that You forgive us from all that paralyzes our hearts and minds, and prevents us from embracing the truth.  Forgive us for holding onto that which keeps us bound, and lead us to further freedom in You.  Teach us to trust You with our whole heart, so that we might live and love well.  Please grant healing to the hearts, minds and bodies of all who are in need of Your healing touch, and may each one be ever aware that the healing has come from You.  Use us Lord, to encourage and bless those around us, and may many come to call You King.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present