We all watch the tragedies happening around the world – earthquakes, war, terrorists.  The news media always informs us of the number that died and the number that was wounded.

The death tolls are always the main focus.  The wounded are secondary.  Although death is certainly final and unfair in these situations, it is the wounded that I always reflect on.  Last week after the Boston bombing, the news media said there 219 wounded in hospitals.  Later I heard 160.  What happened to them?  Were they life threatening wounds or superficial? 

What is wounded?  It is a broad group – anyone with a cut to the people who lost limbs.  In all those reports, we don’t know how serious the wounds are.  Personally I can’t imagine losing a limb while standing on a public street.  I’m not saying that I would rather die but that drastically changes one’s life forever!

We are all wounded.  Some of us have been bullied.  Some of us have been abused.  Some have lost loved ones.  Some suffer from physical or mental ailments.  We all hurt to some degree.  Some of us have lost limbs and some of us have cuts but we have all been wounded.  Where will we get our healing?  Where will we get comfort?  What will inspire us to fight through rehab?  Will we get back in the race?

Be the hands of Jesus today and help the wounded around you.  If you are wounded, allow Jesus to bring comfort to you.

Psalm 109:22   For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

Isaiah 53:5  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.


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