This Month's Promise

“...Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

- (I Corinthians 15:20)

Read: Matthew 11: 28-30


"My thoughts trouble me ... My heart is in anguish within me; .." (Psalm 55:2, 4)

New scientific research indicates there are differences in the way people handle pain. It says that a variation in a single gene determines a person's tolerance of pain. This gene helps regulate the natural painkillers, called endorphins, which our body produces. University of Michigan researchers believe this may explain why a crushing blow to one person is trivial to another and why the medicines given for pain helps one patient whereas they do nothing for another. It may also explain why men and women tolerate pain differently. While pain in the body can be healed by medicines to some extent, what about emotional pain? Is there any cure for our emotional pain? President Nixon awarded Bob Kerrey, a Vietnam war hero, a medal of honor for his act of bravery. During the war, a bomb ripped through his leg. However, the injury to his leg was not the deepest wound. Kerrey retained from battle. His emotional wound remained hidden and haunting. On February 25, 1969, when Kerrey led a group of Naval commandos in a raid it resulted in the deaths of a score of unarmed women and children in a village called Thanh Phong. This caused a deep scar in Kerrey's mind. In his speech, Senator Kerrey stated, "Though it could be justified militarily, I could never make my own peace of what happened that night"!

Dear friends, many of us have deep emotional wounds. Unlike physical injury which is visible, emotional wounds are hidden. They are invisible. They lie deep beneath the surface. These may be caused because of guilt, anger, unforgiveness or resentment, and they cause us much pain. The only way to get rid of them totally is by taking them to the Cross because only Jesus can heal these hidden wounds. When we give over all our hurts to Him, He takes them from us and in turn gives us His peace that passes all understanding.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, my heart ache is too much for me to bear. The hidden hurts torment me always. Jesus, You are the Balm of Gilead. Touch me with your nail-pierced hands and heal my internal wounds. Transform me and let me be always joyful in You. Amen.