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Today’s Truth

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through … Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:3

Friend to Friend

My son Hunter had been having pain in his left elbow. He mentioned it to my husband and I casually, but didn’t make a big deal about it initially. He’s a teenager, so we thought it might just be growing pains. Months later, when the pain continued to increase, he brought it up to us again.

Off to the doctor we went, not knowing what to think about the mysterious, lingering pain. After a brief physical evaluation, the doctor ordered that x-rays be taken. Soon after, he peeked his head back in the exam room and gave me the “come with me” finger-wag.

Eew. Okay.

I followed him out to the light board that illuminated Hunter’s new bone pictures. Dr. Joe started off with this simple statement. “Hunter has a bone problem.” He went on to explain that he had an OCD lesion, and that it needed to be dealt with in order for him to experience relief from the pain and healing in his arm.

Lots of follow up appointments followed.

We met with a surgeon who specializes in elbows and shoulders, and gathered all the information we needed. Hunter had X-rays, MRIs, and MRIs with dye. He was poked and prodded and pressed. The professional conclusions were this: if Hunter’s elbow wasn’t fixed now, later in life it would completely lock up, rendering his arm unbendable.

Our response? Elbow surgery it is!

The morning of surgery, the nurse got his IV started and prepped his arm by cleaning it up really good. Then they carted Hunter away and the surgeon began his work. During surgery the bad areas of Hunter’s bone were removed, and then the doctor micro-fractured the area to cause bleeding. The fracturing of his bone exposed blood to the place of pain, which ultimately led him to fresh growth and healing.

I just can’t think of Hunter’s elbow surgery without thinking of Jesus. Similarly, His body needed to be broken so that blood could flow and healing could happen.

This is the simple Gospel. The good news! The very reason we celebrate Christmas.

God’s love was poured out on humanity through the blood that was shed by Jesus. The Son of God left His place of perfection in heaven and came to earth to mend our hearts and hurts. He became broken for us on a Roman cross so that we could know forgiveness and healing.

This is the hope we sing of at Christmas. Our Bethlehem song!

When Hunter first came to us we didn’t know anything was really wrong – just that there was a pain that needed addressed. Do you know today that there is something wrong in your life? Perhaps you can’t quite put your finger on it, but sense there is more to faith than what you know. More to Jesus than what you’ve explored or accepted.

Are you struggling with pain, emptiness, insecurity, depression, fear, or anger?

Got any areas of brokenness and rebellion that keep are keeping you from fully developing spiritually?

In this season of wintery wonder, I invite you to consider how God’s perfect love can meet you in your pain and confusion. The Bible explains it this way. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) The Word also promises this, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Through the finished work of Jesus, God invites us to know complete healing and forgiveness. Are you ready to celebrate Christmas knowing the true gift of love and hope this year?

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I need healing today. I need You, Jesus. Please forgive my sins and restore my hope. Help me to grow in Your love and to experience the purity and full life you promise in Your Word.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Where does this message find you today? Spend some time in prayer.

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4 Responses to “How Christmas Brings Healing”

  1. Jayneise says:

    Hi Gwen
    I just wanted to say thank you. I do have broken places that need healing and I’m trying to trust God but I have some trouble with unbelief so my prayer today is that God would help me with my unbelief. I know He’s real I know He is a God who’s concerned about his children but I’m wondering how to fully trust in my broken state.

  2. Gloria says:

    I read your awesome devotional, and you are so WISE, connecting the correlation with the micro fracture and the necessary bleeding to begin new life in the bone. I just had that done to my shoulder, one week ago.. . What a awesome connection between the Blood of Jesus, and NEW LIFE. Blood had to be shed to bring….New Life.
    THANK YOU FOR THIS POST AS I WILL NEVER FORGET IT. Gloria

  3. Lisa Ivory says:

    Thank you for this! I’m sitting here reading this wondering if you are speaking directly to me. God is like that. He knows the brokenness & the pain that I carry. I try to find a touch of hope. I focus my mind on the Lord. I dig deep within me to be positive, excited about life, have joy & still nothing. I’m so tired of it. I’m 35 years old, married & raising a 4 yr. old girl who is a reminder of how good God is. There is nothing “wrong” with my life. I know I am blessed so why do I feel this way day in and day out? Everyday I wake up expecting that I have a breakthrough. I cannot do this anymore. I have grown numb and closed off. I think I am pushing my husband away as well as my sweet little girl. My husband is such a joyful man after God’s heart. I’ve given up on telling him about how I feel & what’s going on with me because he just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand. Please pray for me. I know Jesus loves me. He transformed my life & my husband had a radical conversion overnight in 2011. I want joy unspeakable & full of glory! Please pray, I want my life back, I want me back. this depression and sadness need to leave in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Praise Jesus!

  4. ifeseyi says:

    That we might have life…

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