The Wounds of Love

Those who care about others pick up a lot of wounds
There may be no great wounds,
Only a multiplicity of little ones –
A host of scratches, wrinkles and welts.
But there can also be a lot of invisible wounds:
The furrows left on the mind and the heart
By hardship, worry and anxiety,
Disappointments, ingratitude, and betrayal.
These wounds are not things to be ashamed of.
They are badges of honour.
They are proof of our love.
Jesus didn’t hide his wounds.
Neither should we.
By his wounds we are healed.