Note: Double-bonus today – including a link for then Easter poem corrected from yesterday’s blog. Enjoy and may the Lord add a double blessing to it today.
by Peggie C. Bohanon
I cried, “Lord, use me!”
He answered, “Wait.”
Then came the hurt.
Loneliness–I walked through desolation
to share His fellowship.
Doubt–I wept through despair to seek His faith.
Fear–I wrestled through darkness
to seize His freedom.
And the Balm of Gilead flowed into the depths of my soul.
It cleansed; it soothed; it healed.
Again I cried, “Lord, use me!”
This time He answered, “Go!”
“I send you forth to heal.
Walk with the lonely–share with them my fellowship.
Weep with the despairing–seek with them My faith.
Wrestle with the fearful–seize with them My freedom.
And the Balm of Gilead will flow into the depths of their souls.
It will cleanse; it will soothe; it will heal.”
He spoke again: “My child, I spared you no hurt–
that I might use you to heal!”
Prayer: “Lord, I’m hurting today. There are moments when it is intolerable – how long will it last! God, help me! I know you see my ways, that you have a plan, but it still hurts. Lord, please heal me, in Your own good time (and I hope that’s soon!); help me to someday understand that I have indeed been “hurt to heal” others in my world, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Added after email publication to the original of this devo online:
See Hurt to Heal for additional credit info: “Note: This poem was inspired one Sunday morning following a personal, spiritual encounter with the Lord and a sermon on the Balm of Gilead (cleansing, soothing, healing) by my pastor, the late Pastor Philip Wannenmacher, pastor of Central Assembly, Springfield, MO.”
–Copyright 2013 by Peggie C. Bohanon, Springfield, MO 65803. All rights reserved.
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