The Medic: A Poem about Recovery

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For Jesus, The Medic

Strongholds are insidious things.

They must be exposed in order to be destroyed.

And right now, my heart feels laid bare from the recent raid

I did on the enemy’s stolen territory in my soul.

Bathed in hope is a heart that is





Oh, not the nakedness forced by assaulting aggression like the theft of my innocence,

the kind of violent stripping that sin-spewers commit with hands full of rage or lust…

This nakedness is more like the gentle uncovering of an old wound…

As if I am a young, maimed soldier shell-shocked and wandering on the smoldering battle field,

and the Medic sees my limping gait and rushes to my side.

He sees the laceration

And knows the infection that lies within.

(He was on the battlefield and saw the enemy’s attempt to gut me when the war was young)

He reaches for me

but I jerk away because I’m afraid His touch will hurt…

afraid to see the real damage.

My hand over the bloody hole is as good

as I can make it feel

and I’ve gotten used to

the gnawing pain in the background

used to covering it up…




absence of health.

I feel like I’ve walked a lifetime like this.

The pain has exhausted me

but I have



I can go on this way.

The Medic whispers, “Its okay, I’ve done this before. I want to help. Let me just take a look.”

I can feel the wound.

Hot and angry.

Infection writhing down to the bone.

And I shake my head no.

At least I know this pain.

Old pain is comforting for the simple fact it is familiar.

“Please. I promise to be gentle.” He says…

With an exhausted resignation

I slowly turn the injury to Him

because something inside me deeper than the wound wants to be free of this pain.

(And there is a feeble hope I can be made whole)

He gently, gingerly pulls away my hand…

(I grimace)

And then He slowly pulls away

the layers of garments,

soaked with blood.

His touch is like that of a mother, fingers as gentle as mist.

And there,

in that moment,

with all the habits drawn back…

The wound is truly exposed.

Laid bare.

Abnormal, infected and mangled.

The only thing covering it now is the earnest, assessing gaze of the Medic.

He says nothing.

But after a moment He looks at me with

kindness and compassion.

He knows I have waited too long. And He knows why.

My eyes, filling with the bubbling tears of terror and shame, meet His.

His eyes, too, are now wet with tears.

And I fear it is because there is





With a quivering voice I feebly beg one question,

“Can you heal me?”

His warm smile causes His own tears to change their trajectory as they roll down His face.

His voice is broken with concern



“The wound is deep.

The infection is severe,






I will do the work but you must lie still

and let the wound be exposed.

Exposure is part of how it will heal.

You will be tempted

to cover it back up

because My work will be painful at times

and your instinct will be

to hold fast to the wound

believing pressure will




Even then I will gently hold your hand back.





and know

I’m at work.

You will be healed

but I won’t leave you even after




Strongholds are insidious things, laced in promise.

They must be exposed in order to uncover the hope of victory.

And right now, my heart feels strong as steel for

I have been brave enough to put these old wounds

in the hands of the Medic.

Vulnerable yet safe.

Exhausted but tested.

Raw but healing.








If you know someone who is in pain this Christmas, please share this poem. My prayer is that it is an encouragement to those who are hurting.



AROMA PART III (a poem for the man who abused me)

This is the third poem in a 4-part series on the concept of AROMAS… and how scents can trigger old things. Good things, bad things, Great Things.  Look for the final installment on Thoughtful Thursday and you can find the other two under the “Poems” menu tab on the home page. Don’t worry, they aren’t all this intense. But I believe the mark of a strong mama is an emotionally healthy mama, and in order to be that we have to go to the dark places and slaughter the demons.  I refuse to be afraid of the pain.  I will face it head on and Christ will meet me and fight for me in the places of agony.  And, funny thing, they become very tiny once Jesus has had His Way in those areas of my heart. He is Light and light reveals so healing can take place.  This poem is just a reflection on an old pain.  Don’t fret for me.  I’m at peace with my past, have forgiven my abuser, had tons of Christian counseling and am a whole woman in Christ.


i had never known another human who used so much cologne all over your body several times a day even the private places you slathered with scent and when you were done exacting your perversions on my child-frame your scent lingered like a cloak of filth like the embrace of shame you left on my personhood time after time and your man-stench was so hard to get off no matter how hard i tried it just clung and closed in like a tomb enveloping me in the thick silent rage of self-loathing

If this poem triggers something for you and you live in the Baltimore/DC area please, PLEASE find help here. For national help look here.  For my readers in Europe I tried to find resources for you but to no avail.  Please get help and know if this is your issue and you reply to this post I will pray for you.  You are not alone and healing, forgiveness and healthy relationships are possible!


AROMA PART II (a poem for my husband

This is the second poem in a 4-part series on the concept of AROMAS… (see the first poem here) and how scents can trigger old things. Good things, bad things, Great Things.  Look for the next installment on Thoughtful Thursdays.


All of my life I fringed about

lost in the dark places

the lonely spaces

of dank and dire

Until you…

Hard to describe your breath

sweet and masculine

always sweet

like the very air in your body

was laced with sugar and metal

like your lungs were

uniquely designed

to turn my pollution

into purity.

I first noticed it

at our first kiss

as you held my face

you inhaled

all my doubt

and wanderings

and exhaled all over me

the sweetest


for me

to give you my heart