The scars we bear throughout our life has shaped us into what we are today, but have we truly been restored and can say that we have moved on?
In order to live at the highest level that God intended us to, let us also pray for complete restoration of any physical, emotional and spiritual baggage that we have been dragging along.
When we are hurt, do we take time to seek therapy? Do we allow ourselves to heal from the pain? Or do we simply ignore treatment and assume that ‘time will heal all wounds’.
Saint Lidwina has been sent upon us today with an important message that God’s love for us is not any lesser just because he allows us to go through pain.
We are precious in his eyes and thus we should never question his love for us. We are reminded that he is the right therapist just as he allows us to be wounded, in the same way, he allows us to seek him for therapy and treatment.
Just as Christ suffered great inequities and was made to suffer and die on the cross for our sins, pain and suffering can be kickstart a healing process that is necessary for our spiritual growth and wisdom.
Despite pleading for the “cup of suffering” to be removed, Christ spoke the words “Father, not my will be yours be done.”
Remember that every situation we go through in life has a purpose in the kingdom of God. And the Lord who hears and answers shall heed our cries and pour forth the rains of healing and restoration on our wearied souls.
He was made to carry the cross and fell three times with it, stripped and beaten up, made to wear a crown of thorns, mocked and crucified on the cross. His face was disfigured and he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would not recognize that he was a man. Regardless of that, at no point did God abandon him for he loved him.
Spiritual Health Deterioration
Physical sickness and afflictions are much easier to monitor since it manifests more apparently in our lives.
Yet there are some wounds in the deep recesses of our minds that also need healing. In order to truly open our hearts and claim the miracles that God has in store for us, we must be free from the bitterness and negative influences of our past.
Christ is the one through spiritual doctor that we must rely and call upon.
At times we do not see it so clearly yet we are experiencing some symptoms that could be indicators of an underlying spiritual health condition.
Some symptoms that might suggest poor spiritual health would be: lacking a prayer life, losing touch with our connectedness to God, the high propensity to commit sin, or constantly finding ourselves in an unhappy place.
These scars don’t just fade away with time. Rather than ignore them or pushing them away, we should seek urgent care from our spiritual helpers.
Do not hesitate to lift up your worries and cares to God and he will restore you and make you whole.
We are fortunate to have been blessed by the grace of God and with access to the blessed saints and angels who intercede on our behalf. Whilst doctors may occasionally get the wrong diagnosis and prescriptions, God knows the full condition of our hearts and all we need do is to offer it up to him in prayer.
St. Lidwina tells us that we should never be too proud, afraid or feel unworthy to bare our sufferings to the Lord, for he is the true source of all healing and salvation.
“A prayer a day keeps the devil away.”
There are moments in life when our faith will be tested and our strength questioned. We will feel as though we do not have the capacity to minister the word of God and engage in acts pleasing before him.
Those without the Lord will often fall into the clutches of despair and hopelessness, but as children of the risen Christ we are are people of Hope and Love.
At this moment, Saint Ludwina is revealing to us that we shall need to take a spiritual rehab by focusing solely on our inner souls and allowing God to take charge of our lives.
We shall let him take charge and grant us the right therapy to be spiritually strong enough and bounce back to full spiritual health.
There is no person too broken or unworthy for the Lord to heal. His divine light shelters all who seek his grace and comes to Him with open hearts.
Just as God’s response to St. Paul who said,
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distress, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”– 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
In moments of our weakness when we call upon the power of Christ, remember that we are made abundantly strong for nothing can come against the love of God for His children. Not even the Devil and his malicious schemes.
Have faith and trust in the Lord, for you will conquer all things in Christ.
Prayer to Saint Lidwina
“Dear Saint Lidwina, thank you for reminding me that God never abandons me in my moments of suffering.
He is always with me even when I feel as though the world is against me. Help me to always trust in his care for my spiritual health.
Whenever I am feeling weak, I know that I am made strong by the blood of Christ.
Let me never hide myself from the divine light of healing,
Let me always lead with love, even when I find myself in staggering situations.
I am a proud follower of Christ, for my Lord conquers all.
St. Lidwina, pray for us.”