Daily Devotionals

Love and Healing

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Scripture:  “And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, ‘No more of this!’ And He touched the man’s ear and healed him.” – Luke 22:50-51


I was in bed, unable to sleep, praying for healing for my dog, Cooper. His ear had been bitten while playing with our new puppy, Newton, 12 days before, and we had tried everything to stop the bleeding: two trips to the Emergency Vet Clinic, surgery performed by our wonderful vet, homemade ear wraps, a plastic cone attached to his neck, but nothing seemed to stop the bleeding to allow healing. Cooper used “Houdini” tactics to remove every bandage and stitch. And, if you have ever experienced a bleeding ear on a dog, you know that when they shake their head, the blood can land anywhere from the ceiling to the floor! What a mess to clean up in addition to concern for the pup.


One of my recent devotion references was Luke 22: 50-51. It came to mind while praying for Cooper’s ear and healing. I thought about Peter’s attempt to protect Jesus, followed by Jesus actually protecting Peter by healing the ear of the soldier, keeping Peter out of trouble. Jesus, always caring for his followers by showing his abounding love.


When I woke the next morning, once again Cooper had removed the meticulous wrap and bandages, but the exposed wound was NOT bleeding! Throughout what seemed like a really long ordeal, Cooper continued to love me unconditionally and trust me as I treated his wound.


Jesus loves us unconditionally and will work to soothe and heal our wounds, if we ask him.


Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for being there to lift us up when we are down, to heal our physical and emotional wounds, and to teach us patience. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


Submitted by Liz McMillan