Posted by: peebles | March 10, 2012

Psalm 69:29 (The Message) ~ “I’m hurt and in pain; give me space for healing, and mountain air.”

Can you hear the heart felt plea from the writer of this Psalm? I’m hurt and in pain, my heart is overwhelmed with disappointment. I can feel the pain of my emotions, which have taken a beating, and it, in turn, can be felt within my physical body. To the outside world, I appear fine, yet inside I am struggling to come to terms with my hurt emotions and painful wounds, whose scars rip deep into the core of my inner being.

Yes, we all need time to heal and the space to do so. Oh, but how different things would be if we could have someone who would love us through it all, support us and just be there for us; someone whom we can totally trust.

“Everybody Hurts” is a song by R.E.M., which was originally released on the band’s 1992 album Automatic for the People and was also released as a single in 1993. The song has these heart-felt lyrics:

When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone, When you think you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on. Don’t let yourself go, Cause everybody cries and everybody hurts, sometimes.

Cause everybody hurts sometimes, Everybody cries. Sometimes everybody hurts, sometimes. Everybody hurts sometimes. So, hold on, hold on. Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold o, hold on, hold on. Cause no you’re not alone…

When you feel like giving up, that is the time when you need to strengthen your resolve, and you need to hold on. I can remember this simple story of Jesus, in Matthew 14:22 to 33 (NIV) as Peter began to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. When you feel as if you are sinking, as if the winds, the waves and the storms of life are about to swallow you up, cry out to Jesus, “Lord save me!” And Jesus will reach out and lift you up. He will reach out to you and help you. To the world you may look like a Swan gliding gracefully without effort through life, yet underneath you are paddling like mad as you face moments of despair, moments of deep depression, moments of anguish, moments of insecurity, moments of feeling abandoned and alone then know this, you are not alone, nor do you have to face things on your own. Jesus is right there for you.

Hold on! Hold on, when the darkness appears and you are hurt. Take heart, for the pain will not last forever, because of the healing love and power of Jesus a new day will dawn. In Jesus you will find the space and time you need for healing. In your hurting moments it is not the time to lash out at someone. Just because you are feeling hurt does not mean you should go about hurting other people. John Glass once said “Hurt people, hurt people.” There is a time for healing, and true healing can be found in the healing balm of Gilead, Jesus Christ, the one who heals and wipes away your tears.

My friend, if you let things bottle up within you, then one day you will burst out on someone who does not deserve it. When you feel you have had enough, pray and hold on. Hold on to Jesus, cling to Him with everything you have. When you are hurt and in pain, make the time and space in your life to pray. Ask Jesus to help you, ask Him to reach out His hand to you, and He will, in loving compassion, lift you up and out of the pits of your pain. He will return unto you your peace and joy. Jesus knows how best to heal the emotional pains of your hurting heart. Not only will He heal you, but He will also restore you. He will always be there for you as the Bible says in Hebrews 13:5 to 6 (NIV), “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper.’” God is a very present help in times of trouble. He is always present with you, to help you whenever you need Him. Even in your times of hurting and pain, He is right there to help.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


  1. I am amazed at how often God uses your words to speak straight to my heart, to exactly what I am going through with the words I need to hear. I have been reading your blog for years… Thank you for being a vessel.

  2. To whomever wrote this…Thank You so very much from what is left of my deeply wounded heart. In my time of horribly weakened faith and disparaging lose of hope as if it didn’t in fact exist you’ve uplifted my spirit to “Hold On”
    Thank You again and please pray for me that I will weather out this insidiously wicked storm caused by an extremely unfaithful wife.
    Michael Paul Hasenleder “Hurt Deeply”

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