“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”

Romans 5:6

I don’t like struggling with depression. It makes me feel weak and ashamed. I feel dumb for doing things that make the struggle worse rather than better. Yet I rejoice that when I’m behind my chaplain’s desk asking others to show me their wounds, I can show them mine as well. We find we have some common ground. Writer and theologian Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) used the term “wounded healer.” He says those with wounds are best able to treat those with wounds. The best caregivers are those whose sin and suffering is ever before them. Perhaps you are one of these types. 

And the greatest news in this is that we can all take our wounds to King Jesus who was wounded for our sake. I can compare my battle scars with others, but I will never truly understand what they are going through. 

Christ was tempted like us in every way, yet was without sin. He knows our hurts better than we do. I can treat wounds in His name but cannot heal them. Jesus is the true healer. He alone rightly mends our wounds and draws us closer to Him. 




Scripture Focus

Romans 5:1-11

Insight

“We follow God because we love Him. It’s our honor. He is the God of the hills and the valleys. And He is beautiful above all things.” (Toby Mac, 2019)

Bible In A Year

  • Job 37-38
  • Psalm 60
  • Luke 23