Psalm 147:3 - He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
With chronic pain and illness, many times people can see your pain just by looking at you. Whether it be walking with a cane or clutching your belly. The pain is visible.
With emotional pain sometimes you can tell when someone is hurting, but for the most part, emotional pain and loss are the “invisible” pains.
But even though the pain is invisible, it still hurts just as much, if not even more than physical pain.
It’s so easy, at least for me, to put on a good face and act like nothing’s wrong. I have masks I can pull out of the closet in my mind and put on. No one would ever know I’m hiding my true feelings.
But that’s not the healthy way. Our pain only deepens as we try to push it down. Eventually the ticking bomb will explode.
This is the real danger. Eventually, we will break down. Our hearts will lay before us broken and crushed. Nothing seems to matter anymore and we stop caring about life and slip into the darkness.
This is where the writer of the Bible verse above, David, found himself. He was in the middle of painful circumstances which he felt he could do nothing about. His broken heart was oozing into all areas of his life. It was difficult to move and take part in his normal activities.
For, just as I stated above, emotional pain not only affects the mind but also the body.
But things didn’t stay that way for David. He knew where to find true help. He reached his hand out to the One he knew would never desert him in his time of need. In turn, a healing balm was placed on his wounds and bound up with strips of love and hope.
Light can shine into our lives once more, dear friend. Won’t you give your pain to the One who truly cares? He’s ready to be there for you and help heal your broken heart.
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Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.