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TITLE: Wounded Healers
By Missey Butler
07/19/05
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Wounded Healers
By Missey Butler

I heard a term one time that perfectly describes those who lovingly minister out of their own personal pain. They were referred to as “wounded healers.” How appropriate and how true! Only those who have an inside understanding of true heartache and have themselves gone through private fires of affliction, can best reach the hearts of those who may be presently going through.

Found within many of our humanitarian organizations,12 step programs and ministry outreaches are these unique encouragers. They are the quiet hero’s of faith who wait patiently for just the right moment to step in and give a word “in season” to a weary soul. Who better can pin-point the real issues at hand, or offer a consoling word then those who themselves have been there, and done that!

Not so many years ago, I, myself, was one of those lost souls. Looking back I can see how God maneuvered circumstances in which He brought about my own personal “Angels of Healing.” One of them in particular used to always whisper to me, “Always Remember Missey, “In our weakness…He is strong.” At the time she said it, I could not quite grasp the full impact of her words, but have since come to understand their untold value.

Yes, though it may be true that many of these “wounded healers” are themselves filled with various shortcomings and character flaws, yet given the right opportunity they will more often then not be right on que, there with a hanky, a shoulder if need be or a styer- foam cup of hot coffee willing to simply sit and listen. No, they don’t have a set of initials by their names, or would even attempt to convince you that they have all the answers, but what they do offer is priceless… they offer themselves.

Our greatest example of a wounded healer, was Jesus Christ Himself. The Word tells us, He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. We have the awesome privilege of bearing upon ourselves the burden of His reproach. And, to be His extended hand to a very wounded world, one that longs to be delivered and set free from the burdensome weights they carry daily. Will you be that vessel of healing for someone today? You never know, one day you may be called upon to minister out of your own woundedness in order to lead someone to their long awaited for miracle of healing. You may yourself become…a wounded healer.
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