Daily Devotion for February 24, 2021

Jesus wept.                                                                                      John 11:35
God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.               Psalm 147:3

This week marked a tragic number, over 500,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19. Our country marked this with flying flags at half-mast, candlelight services and moments of silence. It is important for us to mark our sorrow and grief with these types of ceremonies.

As I witnessed these ceremonies and commemorations, I found tears streaming down my face.  I recognized that I have not given myself the time I have needed to mourn the myriad of loss that I personally, and we, communally, have experienced. I invite you to take some time and really name those losses – write them down. Allow yourself to feel them and acknowledge them.

As I move through this Lenten season, I am in need of healing. My soul aches with pain of loss and I mourn many different losses. I offer these to my God knowing that Jesus walks with me, sheds tears with me and offers me healing.

This devotion is deeply personal, and I offer my vulnerability to God and you. My hope is that in sharing, you know that we travel together as companions in Christ.

“Lord Jesus, heal me. Heal me in whatever area You see a need for healing. Heal me in whatever might separate me from You. Heal my memory, heal my heart, heal my emotions, heal my spirit, heal my body, heal my soul. Lay Your hands gently upon me and heal me through Your love. Amen”  (Anonymous).