Healing From the Inside

Ten years ago I learned how to dress a horrible wound that was a result of Jerry’s left leg amputation. The wound left from Jerry’s surgery three weeks ago is somewhat different, but both would be described as an open hole. These kinds of wounds have to be treated and healed from the inside, with medicated packing, so that it does not close on its own and leave a cavity underneath the skin.
This one seems to be more difficult for me to handle than with the amputation; perhaps, because I watched a visiting health nurse do the dressing for several weeks. Jerry and I came home from the hospital this time with simple instructions for cleaning and dressing the incision. But after a week we noticed the difference in the top of the incision from the four inches below.
The next visit to the vascular surgeon confirmed the need for wound care, which she began in her office, and gave me supplies to care for it every day at home, with an appointment for a return visit each week.
My inadequacy for this has kept me awake, but finally, I think I am able to do this without anxiety.
During these last two weeks the thoughts came of how we are all born into this world wounded from the Fall due to our first parents’ disobedience. Though the fault is not ours, we have this hole in our soul that can only be healed from the inside.
Just as jerry cannot care for his own wound, and must depend on me for his care and healing, so we cannot cure ourselves. Our wound is much more serious than a physical one. There is no one who can apply what is needed except our heavenly Father, through the blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to fill the void that sin has left in us all. He is able and promises the witness of our healing from grateful hearts as we submit to His working, His tender care and comfort. He is the great physician and able to bring complete healing of the heart and soul.
Dear Father in heaven, thank you for providing all things pertaining to life and godliness through your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none on earth I desire besides thee. My flesh and my heart fail, but you are the strength of my heart and my portion forever. We praise you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

10 thoughts on “Healing From the Inside

  1. Thank you for these wonderful words, Frances, and for wisely applying these spiritual truths based on your physical challenges. Your conclusion is indeed correct: we need healing from the inside, and only the Lord can provide it through His glorious Son, Jesus Christ. His richest blessings upon you and Jerry.

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  2. I’m always amazed that you can find grace in the most difficult of circumstances. Sharing this story gives us all a vivid visual of what our own spiritual wounds look like, and how we need the Master Physician to heal us. Jerry is one lucky man to have you. Blessings to you Frances!

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    • Claire, thank you for your sweet and precious comments. Without His grace we could not endure. Just this morning my heart and spirit were not knowing how we can continue as we are, crying out for the Lord to take away the trials, or to strengthen me in them. He always has, and today was no different. He filled the day with His grace with many unexpected blessings, including your words here. I praise Him for how He works in each of our lives for His glory and our joy. You are a blessing. The Lord bless you in return.

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