Originally created 06/02/01

God's love can heal the worst of wounds

Good news: There's been no recall issued by our Creator because God doesn't make junque!

No reincarnation. No selected few. No matter what our condition, we have the promise of his redeeming, restoring and transforming love with good plans for each of us.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).

Whether your tread is getting thin because of life's mileage, or a curb encounter has wounded your hope, even if someone has punctured your soul or you've had a major blowout, there is the promise of new birth, restoration and new life. There is no recall, but an open-armed invitation to come home to the Father's love. That is the message of the Scriptures: Come home!

Many lives have been wounded or punctured by broken or fractured relationships. The healing lines are long when people respond to the invitation to be healed from rejection, self-hatred, depression, verbal, emotional and sexual parental abuse.

The impact of a child not knowing a father's blessing has led to countless blowups and blowouts. The anger and pain is revealed in violence and self-destructive addictions. Attempts to medicate feelings of rejection, lack of purpose and belonging through drugs or alcohol are epidemic. Prison ministers encounter time and time again a soul wounded or punctured by the lack of love and nurturing.

The good news is that no matter what our life experiences have been, there is the promise of a Good Shepherd who "leads us to green pastures, still waters and restores our soul" (Psalms 23). There is a Redeemer known by his anointing (Luke 4:18) to set the captives free, bring sight to the blind and release to all oppressed. It is his anointing that will break the yokes that hold the human soul in bondage.

We are never hopeless when we can look up and call upon the name of the Lord. The "sin-sick soul" can be healed, restored and fulfill God's good plans and personal destiny.

No recall! No rejection! Good news: There is a call to receive the Father's love. His love can melt the stony hearts and healed the wounded soul. That's a promise!

The Rev. Ron Fearneyhough is pastor of Gracewood United Methodist Church.


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