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Sole Healer
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O.K. I admit it; I don’t always keep my eyes closed during prayer! Now, with that confession out of the way, let me tell you what I once observed.

The minister invited the large congregation to come forward for prayer rather than remain seated, if we had a special burden to bring before the Lord. So many filed to the front that many of us had to kneel down in the aisles. As the prayer commenced, I opened my eyes (Don’t ask me why!) and began to look at the soles around me. No, not the souls—the soles—the bottoms of peoples shoes.

And, I was amazed at what I saw! How different the soles of those shoes appeared compared to the rest of their attire. In general, the congregants were crisp, neat and clean. Most looked like they had it all together. But while scrutinizing their soles a new reality began to take shape in my mind.

On the bottoms of all those shiny, polished zapatos was dirt and grime, wear and tear. A gleaming silver tack punctured one high heel while a dirty wad of gum stuck to another.  I even saw a hole breaking through a leather loafer! The conclusion I came to is this, all is not as it appears on the outside.

Window into Their Souls

The prayer ended and the people paraded back to their seats unaware that in the span of a brief devotion God had given me a window into their souls.

All of us carry burdens. None of us are pure and holy; dirt and grime clings to each of us. Every one of our lives have been gummed up by mistakes and punctured by pain. Daily we are down trodden by the wear and tear of the battle for our very souls.

Perhaps you have been considering going to church for the first time, or coming back to the church after an absence. But you feel you need to get your act together first. Believe me, that is not only unnecessary; it is impossible.

It is unnecessary because no matter how good we look on the outside, every church member needs a Savior as desperately as you do. It is impossible because none of us can even get our act together without the Lord. Only Jesus can place His healing touch upon the broken places in each of our lives, slowly but surely bringing health and wholeness over time.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

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