Often, I hear teaching that you are either wounded or healed. But there is no in between. There seems to be no room for the duality of being a healer while you are yet wounded.
I often lack the words to describe being in process.
Yes, we are sealed in Christ‘s redemption yet we are constantly seeking to make that redemption real on earth.
Because we set up this language of either/or: You are healed or broken.. You are ready for ministry or you are wounded… We make it dangerous to be in either role.
The “either/or” declares that we must be one or the other but it is impossible to be both. It draws an invisible but permanent line in the ministry sand.
Ahhh, being wounded! Feels like a permanent label. Sin in any form wounds us and it will not be completely absent until we are taken up to our Father. If the line is in place, when do we decide we are healed enough to be a healer?
“Either/or” makes it treacherous to be in ministry and suddenly find yourself wounded. After all, if you are in ministry and become wounded, does this mean you have to step out? That you are suddenly disqualified from serving Christ?
Crazy as it seems it creates an “us” and “them” mentality. The “haves” and the “have nots.” The “healed” and the “wounded.” (Maybe this is exactly what keeps the openly wounded from entering church doors these days?)
I believe that we are called IN THE PROCESS.
Abiding in Christ, sitting at his feet, making yourself at home in his love is what allows us to be both wounded and healer.
My dear friend Linda Crawford and I shared in such an experience. Miraculously we both came wounded and God allowed us to be healers in the midst of Facebook messaging. Though I don’t yet have the words to explain it I can share a glimpse of our friendship, where we are walking out the duality of our roles. We are both wounded and healers by the grace of God, and this is what it looks like: