The radio dial was scanning stations when it landed on one I don’t typically frequent. I only listened to a portion of one song, but a single line caught my attention. I don’t know who sang it, or even the name of the song, but these words rang true with me – “Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes…” I had a college roommate who became an Emergency Room physician, who would attest to this truth.
Yet, as Christians, I wonder how many times we don’t take seriously the deep wounds of our fellow believers. How often do we offer someone who has suffered the loss of a loved just one “I’m sorry” – never to bring up their loved-one again? To those among us who are enduring chronic illness, is the occasional, “That must be frustrating,” sufficient? Is a one-time gift enough to carry the down and out through to their next paycheck? In other words, when those around us are bleeding from bullet holes, are our band-aids really enough?
Band-aids are great for minor scrapes; but many wounds go much deeper. Those deep, chronic, ongoing wounds need the healing touch of deep, chronic, ongoing friendship. People who frequently ask how we are, and actively seek to provide whatever care they can. Yes, I know it’s inconvenient and time consuming – but aren’t the sons and daughters of God worthy of our care?
Take a look into your spiritual medicine cabinet – anything in there besides band-aids? What do you need to “stock up” on to better serve others? –Dave
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
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