Cure for Every Hurt

hankerchief tree (Ireland)
Baby Barn Owlet hiding in the rocks and grass
River carp (2-3 feet long) in Higashi-Kurume, Tokyo

Gardens are also good places
to sulk. You pass beds of
spiky voodoo lilies   
and trip over the roots   
of a sweet gum tree,   
in search of medieval   
plants whose leaves,   
when they drop off   
turn into birds
if they fall on land,
and colored carp if they   
plop into water.

Suddenly the archetypal   
human desire for peace   
with every other species   
wells up in you. The lion   
and the lamb cuddling up.
The snake and the snail, kissing.
Even the prick of the thistle,   
queen of the weeds, revives   
your secret belief
in perpetual spring,
your faith that for every hurt   
there is a leaf to cure it.

~Amy Gerstler “Perpetual Spring” from Bitter Angel

photo by Tomomi Gibson

We all want to fix what ails us: that was the point of my many years of medical training and over 40 years “practicing” that art. We want to know there is a cure for every hurt, an answer for every question, a resolution to every mystery, or peace for every conflict.

And there is. It just isn’t always on our timeline, nor is it always the answer we expect, nor the conflict magically dissolved. The mystery shall remain mystery until every tear is dried, as we stand before the Face of our Holy God who both loves and judges our hearts.

Sometimes this life hurts – a lot – but I believe in the perpetual Spring and Resurrection that guarantees our complete healing.

Soli Deo Gloria

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2 thoughts on “Cure for Every Hurt

  1. From all I’ve read and heard, Elinor Frost was absolutely indispensable to his literary output.
    It was, of course, prodigious, and very likely a credit to her support. My sense is that he was not an easy person to live with. Thank you Elinor!

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  2. Some trials and hurts as we limp along on our Christian Journey are hard to fully accept — to ‘hang onto’ our Faith beliefs through it all..
    That believing Christians who love God our Father, and who also feel love and trust for His
    Son, the human Jesus — who allowed Himself to be splayed, tortured, ridiculed, and bleeding on the Cross of Salvation cried out to His Father asking, “My God, my God, why have you
    forsaken me”?

    How many times have we asked the same question when we are fully immersed in an agony
    of hurt and physical pain and mental isolation – seeing no one to come forth and help us to carry our Cross? I believe that the more we must ask that same question that Jesus asked in His
    suffering, and perhaps even an added sinking feeling of abject abandonment, is really, in effect, a
    deep down faith statement!

    His Gift to us is truly unbending Faith and Trust — in His Promises to us – especially, by His
    Presence during our suffering. I believe that He is telling us to “hang on, my child, remember
    that I am here beside you in every step you take and I will be here, waiting for you when you
    reach the end of your Journey.”

    Thank you, dear Emily, for your words of assurance and comfort that enable me to remember,
    and to trust my faith beliefs that I have carried with me since childhood — but, being all too
    human, forget sometimes when the going gets tough.

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