A mini-series of devotions written based on the biblical name Gilead. Click here to read her other posts.
“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician here?” Jeremiah 8:22
Oh, yes! There is a balm in Gilead, and there is the Great Physician. His name is Jesus. I’ve experienced his healing balm in my life. And most of the serious Christ-followers I know have experienced his healing too. Maybe it wasn’t a physical healing. Perhaps it was an emotional healing or a spiritual healing. And as those committed to following God’s way for our lives, we become healers—wounded healers.
Henri J.M. Nouwen, the author of The Wounded Healer, asks this serious question, “Who can take away suffering without entering it?” As wounded healers we are to enter into others’ suffering as Christ did by being available when God puts someone in our path. We are to be compassionate and to hurt when others hurt. We are to engage them in meaningful conversation that is non-condemning. We are to be tender, gentle and patient. We are to look at their brokenness and long for their healing.
Often, I have felt inadequate. I have felt that I have little to offer anyone. And it’s true. I, alone, do have little to offer. But the One who lives in me has everything to offer – hope, comfort, peace, assurance, and eternal life. I am to be his vessel of balm.
Our suffering is never in vain, and our healing is to be shared. With God’s help, we can use our experiences to help someone else.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the healing you have done in my own life. Lead me to see my healed wounds as a means of helping someone else. And thank you, Jesus, for your life-giving wounds. In your name I pray, Amen.
Phyllis Clark Nichols grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in Georgia and weaves her Southern culture into character-driven stories that explore profound human questions. She is a classically trained musician and enjoys art, books, nature, cooking, travel, and ordinary people. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three nonprofit boards, where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most. Phyllis and her husband live in the Texas Hill Country.