Heart Surgery

Written by Julie

On February 12, 2022

I wish I could simply place a bandaid
–or two or three or more–
over my heart 
and have it heal. 
Bandaids make boo-boos better 
. . . right? 
Bandaids don’t heal 
gaping wounds. 
Your heart needs stitches. 
but it hurts more. 
It takes more time, 
looks worse. 
Surely–surely it’s not necessary. 
Bandaids don’t heal brokenness, 
won’t pull the Grand Canyon together 
and mend the crack. 
You’ll never heal 
if you don’t allow 
the Great Physician 
to conduct surgery. 
I know. 
I know what you need, 
what is best for you. 
Will you 
let Me heal you? 

I’ll lie on the operating table, 
with the bright light 
illuminating all 
and the sharp tools 
and gentle Hands 
every crack and bruise and bleeding sore, 
and I’ll close my eyes 
in trust and rest 
as You heal 

~Julie Hochstetler, Oct. and Nov. 2021



Hi, I'm Julie, a 17-year-old lover of books, music, and Jesus. I'm a senior in high school (Abeka Academy) and have been blogging for three years. I also co-publish a digital magazine called Priceless geared toward teen girls. My desire is to use my words to glorify my Saviour and to encourage you in your walk with God. I'd love to hear from you!

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Matt Hochstetler
Matt Hochstetler
11 months ago

Good job, Julie! All I can say is you get your writing abilities from your mother and not from me. Keep letting Jesus make the necessary adjustments to your heart. I love you!

11 months ago

What a beautiful poem. Truly we won’t be healed unless we allow the great physician do the surgery that is needed.
Love ya! Mom