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Have I Mentioned My Ankle Lately?

January 9, 2017

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

— Howard Thurman

Have I mentioned my ankle lately? I broke it in 2012.

My wife’s a Physical Therapist. At the time, she kept telling me it was a good break, or it was in a good place, or something…that afternoon’s details are a little fuzzy for me.

What I do remember is that after the surgery is when my ankle started to heal.

I had exercises to do that helped with strength and range of motion and mobility.

But I had to do the exercises if I wanted my ankle to be good again.

Christ calls us to heal the broken, and that usually starts with ourselves.

A couple of centuries ago, John Wesley told us some ways to do that —

Works of Piety

Individual Practices – reading, meditating and studying the scriptures, prayer, fasting, regularly attending worship, healthy living, and sharing our faith with others

Communal Practices – regularly share in the sacraments, Christian conferencing (accountability to one another), and Bible study

Works of Mercy

Individual Practices – doing good works, visiting the sick, visiting those in prison, feeding the hungry, and giving generously to the needs of others

Communal Practices – seeking justice, ending oppression and discrimination (for instance Wesley challenged Methodists to end slavery), and addressing the needs of the poor


— Again, I had to do the exercises if I wanted my ankle to be good again.

And so from this rich menu of Mr. Wesley’s, what are you doing this week to heal the broken?


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One Comment
  1. With you and as with my replacement knee 15-1/2 years ago, the exercises are key. A couple of friends have called lately saying they were having knee replacements this month and wanting tips. Best tip, hands down, is to do everything, I mean everything the therapist tells you to do as the exercises are KEY!! I am still doing them for the broken foot and previous balance issues. I am beginning to make good though on the promise to myself (I refuse to make “resolutions”) to be better about making contact with those who look to my emotional support. I am ashamed that depression sidelined me even from the things that help (the reason I have dedicated getting through the month today/tonight) me. If I don’t take care of me, I cannot care for anyone else!


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