Pastor Perspective

Pastor Paul Mattson

October 2019

. . in Pastor’s Perspective:

“Wound Care” 

About a month ago, I slipped and fell off the back of my boat. The water broke my fall. Thankfully, I did not hit my head or break my neck. I am truly thankful to be alive. But I did do a good job on my shins—deeply bruising the right shin, and a nasty gash on my left. 

So in recent weeks I have been a regular at the Wound Care Unit at CRMC. I didn’t know there was such a place. And what a wonderful staff. I inquired of the one nurse if hers was a gruesome job, dealing with all kinds of open wounds and cuts and sores. She said she actually enjoyed her work very much, and found great satisfaction in playing a part in the healing process, and seeing wounds slowly and gradually heal. 

Part of my healing process of my shin, included a “wound vac” which is a special patch and wrapping of the wound that applies some suction to the wound—which helps wick away the bad stuff from the wound, and also lifts up the good tissue from under the wound. It worked like a charm. They say the wound is healing beautifully, but shins take a long time to heal—not much blood flow down there. 

My experience at the Wound Care Unit, made me think about church—and how church is kind of like a Wound Care Unit. We are people who get wounded in all kinds of ways—physically, emotionally, spiritually. Some of the wounds are self-inflicted, others inflicted by others. But all of us are wounded in some way. 

So we make our way to God’s Wound Care Unit—the Body of Christ we call the church—for healing and help and hope. It is there we encounter the living and real presence of Christ in Word and Sacrament. The Bible says this about him: “But he was pierced for our transgres-sions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 

In Christ we are healed from the inside-out. The forgiveness of sins is the ultimate healing—for it’s the one healing that leads to eternal life with God. 

And God also gives us a “wound vac” of sorts—the Holy Spirit—who Jesus calls our “helper.” The Holy Spirit helps wick away and remove the bad stuff: sexual immorality, impurity, idola-try, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, divisions, envy, strife, etc. (see complete list Galatians 5:19-21). And the Holy Spirit also lifts up the good stuff—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (see Galatians 5:22-33) 

And as you know, healing takes time. It is a process, sometimes long and arduous. But in and through Christ, who was wounded on our behalf, we experience healing, help and hope. 

See you at the Wound Care Unit—we call the church! 

Pastor Paul 

 

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