Healing a Broken Bone

The famous anthropologist Margaret Mead was once asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. Instead of mentioning stones or pottery, she mentioned a broken bone. She said the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a thighbone that had been broken and then healed.

She explained, “If you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to water or food. No one survives a broken leg alone. A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts.”

A healing culture is the greatest sign of a caring, compassionate culture. We don’t need more race relations, we need more human relations. Human relations care about others regardless of their skin color, the size of their bank account, or the kind of clothes others wear! By the looks of things right now in our nation, it seems like we are doing more wounding than healing! Too many in our society, young and old, are shackled in the chains of hatred, anger and unforgiveness.

Jesus gave us the greatest story about civilization through the Good Samaritan’s example of investing in the lives of others so that brokenness can meet healing. And Jesus is our perfect example because He was God in the flesh who invest in any life.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

“O Lord, I am frail, heal my brokenness.”
Psalm 6:2

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.”
Psalm 34:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me, to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Luke 4:18

Jesus accomplished all this through the power of the Spirit of God that was on Him. And now He expects His Church with the same power, to bring healing to our broken communities through sharing the gospel of Christ and building relationships that foster healing.

In the crisis that we are currently facing, everyone’s character is put to the test. As believers in Christ, we can run away from the wounds hurting our nation, or we can care for the wounds. Keep in mind that history shows us that truth and selflessness are the keys for healing a nation shackled in sin.

Whether you are a doctor, a cop, a sales person, a business person, a pastor, a builder, a house wife or a student, be bold with your convictions, step up with authority, speak clearly with compassion, and reach out with the keys to heal.

Always remember, no one heals alone!

God bless you!

Pastor Dave

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