The Deepest Wounds

“My wife poked my eye!” he replied with a raising anger on his face when I asked him why it was red and the upper eyelid puffy.

I was busy last night. Screening one body after another at the prison’s Intake where the arresting officers were lined up at times, waiting for me to call their arrestee [s]. My only rest was when the Female Side would also call me in between if there were female arrestees with medical or mental health problems who were brought in.

He had a “buzz cut.” His muscular appearance told me that he must be like them, serving in the military. His face, appeared haggard despite the young age. I asked him if there was any medical issue with him.

“Yeah, my right knee was blown up when I was in Afghanistan,” he added.

I took a look at his right knee. It was not swollen nor deformed. But inside, he related about the pain that sometimes would be intolerable. That he was scheduled to go see their doctor again this Monday, the 12th for an MRI. Despite my reservation to speak with friendliness, I looked at him with so much gratitude for the service he had done and is still doing.

The pain on his right knee did not seem to bother him when I was screening him. It was more of the argument and the physical altercation that had occurred between him and his wife that night that made him angry. He was arrested for injuring his spouse, perhaps, hitting her back after she poked his eye.

“Sir, I will have you see our doctor if they end up booking you in. So that the treatment for your knee can continue.”

He got up. He was tall. Well-built. He didn’t smell like alcohol. He was appropriate so I knew he was not under the influence of any substance. I didn’t see any visible scars. His steps were close to normal. But his right leg with a slight limitation with every stride. But I knew at that time, that it was his deepest wounds that hurt him the most. A broken and bleeding heart marred by a collapsing marriage. Only time could tell. If it would ever heal.

The Bible teaches us to continue to do good despite being wronged, when our usual initial reaction is to get even. Jesus taught about keeping the desire not to keep score but to love and forgive.

An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth….” It was not for personal revenge in Moses’ times. It was to limit revenge. And God did the same thing. “Wounds for wounds…” The atoning work of death on the cross was done and fulfilled to help those deepest, unseen wounds heal…

“But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed!” ~ Isaiah 53:5

Yes, Jesus’ suffering resulted to forgiveness and is made available to all wounded people. Yes...all of humanity.



By His Wounds [Mac Powell]

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

We are healed by Your sacrifice
And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price
By Your grace we are saved
We are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions
And crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

We are healed by Your sacrifice
And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price
By Your grace we are saved
We are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed
And by His wounds, by His wounds

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

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19 comments:

  1. By His Wounds! What sacrifice! Thank you.

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  2. Such love He has shown us, and continues to show us.

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  3. Your stories are always riveting. Thank you for sharing and posting this video for Spiritual Sunday. So thankful that by His wounds we are healed.

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  4. Yes, my dear sister, your Sunday posts are a blessing as are they Monday through Saturday! Love the video. The cross is powerful and my emotions are ever new as I reflect the price He paid for me.

    So sorry to hear your night was rough last night. Praying that you are refreshed and strengthened for the great work you do. Now I'm wondering if this military guy got booked.

    Jesus loves you and so do I!
    Mary

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  5. Yes, those inner wounds are what hurt most of us the most and Jesus is the only answer.

    I so appreciate the work you do, the deep respect you show for each human you come in contact with.

    I am sure the Lord is taking note.

    God bless you richly,
    Love, Dianne

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  6. I feel for this man. The world can be a hard place. He fought his all for his country and now is being punished, for a minor offence in comparison.None can judge accept the two involved, yet a calm answer can turn aside violence. I pray peace and healing on this couple and a good outcome all round. Bless you.

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  7. A good post as always, Rosel. True, his wounds go deep and who knows what may have happpened to his marriage while he was in Afghanistan. Praying that he (and his wife) realize the need to turn to Jesus.

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  8. the words "his deepest wounds that hurt him the most. A broken and bleeding heart.." really touched me. When our heart is healed..we can face anything...there's a strength and confidence that comes with knowing Him....and being connected to HIm. Your faith, your strenth, your courage always inspires me to live my best life....Have a great Sunday Rosel....you know I think you're the best!!!

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  9. Blessings and appreciation for wonderful people like you.
    Great post.
    Joy and Blessings,
    Virginia

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  10. I love that He redeems even our wounds; He comforts so we can become comforters. What a heritage. Nothing's wasted!

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

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  11. His heart must be breaking over the collapsing marriage...what a depth of insight God has given you to be able to treat your patients at the prison with such kindness (even if you cannot always show it).

    I pray for this man tonight, may his marriage heal, as well as his other inner wounds.

    Love
    Lidj

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  12. I am glad enabled you to show him loving kindness. Our sermon today was about the Good Samartan . I also just watched a movie about Pope Paul II's life of suffering in Poland before he became Pope and how his example of love and forgiveness during that time brought others to know God, even enemies. The Power of God's love shining through His servants can be a mighty thing. We don't know all this man , you have referred to, has gone through. I have heard this often happens when men come back from war.

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  13. This is a sad story! It makes you wonder why they don't have the Lord in their life. Maybe they do but the story says no.
    Ginger

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  14. That is a heart felt true life situation. I think we can all identify with both physical wounds and the deep wounds of the soul. Only God can heal the latter when we let Him. Great post and great song. God bless, Bobbi

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  15. @ sister Mary: Yes, the guy ended up getting booked in because his bail was set at $50,000 and now had to face the judge for the injury he caused his wife.

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  16. Rosel,
    As always your story touched me...your kindness and caring always shine through, no matter how tired you must feel. Beautiful music.


    Blessings and hugs,
    Jean

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  17. Such a sad story; so many sad stories! Oh, but for the grace of God....
    Thank you for sharing, Rosel. Great post!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  18. Tha Grace of God....in you ~ for all you encounter each day! Sorry you had a rough night! saying a prayer for Rest and Refreshing my dear friend!

    Praying for all of these lost souls....

    Love you Rosel

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  19. It's sometimes a difficult thing not to retaliate, but when we cling to Jesus, He makes it easier.
    Blessings to you,
    Lyn

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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