Did you remember them today? Slip them in your purse, your backpack, your briefcase before you left home?
The medicine words: always have them on you, right next to your heart -- smooth words born of balm, yet strong enough to bind.
Are you ready to walk in the wake and attend the injured? It may be your turn to arrive on the scene after the devastation. I'm afraid the play doctor platitude set is not apt for these emergencies. And the one-size-fits-all Bible-verse adhesives that you used to randomly slap on a patient? Best kept at home for minor injuries. Be sure that in your haste you don't accidentally pick up fancy commercial substitutes, hocus-pocus, really: glittery boxes of gossip pills or vials of flattery syrup that will have your patient up and smiling in no time yet doubled over in pain soon after.
As a wise doctor, you're called to listen painstakingly, honing in to the cues, asking the Holy Spirit for the correct diagnosis and the adequate prescription.
You will find healing words that immediately comfort, like a lemon-and-honey lozenge that melts on the tongue and soothes the inflamed throat. Other healing words will be bitter and hard to swallow, yet powerful to fight inner viruses.
Sometimes only one brief mending word is needed. Sometimes large doses of healing words must be administered at regular intervals throughout a long period of time.
Who is within your reach and feeling ill today because of disappointment, strife, envy?
Who is battered and struck down with live wounds?
Who is limping on twisted ankles or carrying the shards of a broken heart?
Whom can you heal with love today?
"The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing."
Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)