The Slave’s Ear© Molly Lin Dutina 2020
Oh Malchus,slave of the High Priest When your ear was cut off and began gushing blood Were you startled? In anguished pain? When the Lord Christ restored it Did you then refuse to go with those who Came to arrest Him? Did you ever believe He was the Christ? He healed you and what was your response? Jesus, besides being saddened that The slave’s ear was cut off Did You heal him to keep Your disciple out of trouble Knowing that harming the slave of the High Priest Would bring that disciple harm? Or did You heal him on the principle That hurt and wounded things Are Your specialty? Did he believe when You restored him I want to know the end of that story Many times I have lashed out at others Not with sharpened sword but Words or actions as sharp as swords And You delivered me You made it right Offered healing to those I have hurt Keep me from myself Help me to give You glory To my last day and dying breath I pray
We can experience physical pain, emotional pain and mental pain. When the three arrive simultaneously our tipping point can occur.
When that happens it is time to withdraw from one thing or another to preserve our ability to cope.
Are you nearing the edge of your tolerance?
Can you see where and how to preserve your coping self? What might bring you solace and relief, what might raise your shield of defense? Lord, You are our shield and Mighty Deliverer. Lead and guide us in Your ways.