A Touch of Honey – A Guest Post by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga

Katy here. I am pleased to introduce Dorcas Asercion Zuniga to you. She is a dear writing friend who has a knack for illustrating the Christian life with word pictures. She is also one of the columnists for Broken but Priceless: The Magazine, and contributes regularly to Refresh. May your heart be blessed by her post this week. 

In the Disney movie classic “Mary Poppins,” Mary Poppins gets the children to take their medicine with “a spoonful of sugar.”

Sugar might help “the medicine go down,” but it doesn’t have any true health benefits. There is, however, another sweetener that has been shown to actually be good for you—honey.

Studies show that honey has medicinal benefits. The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend honey as a natural cough suppressant. Honey also has the potential to fight bacteria and decrease the effects of seasonal allergies.1 This is a “medicine” that shouldn’t be too hard to get a child, or an adult for that matter, to swallow.

King Solomon was well aware of the healing effects of honey. He wrote in Proverbs 16:24 (NIV), “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

A few verses earlier, Solomon wrote, “The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction” (Proverbs 16:21 NIV).

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines gracious as “marked by kindness and courtesy; marked by tact and delicacy.”2

As a family medicine physician, I spend the majority of my day counseling my patients about their medical conditions. I discuss their progress based on their test results and physical exam. It’s easy when the news is good—normal blood pressure, weight loss, well-controlled diabetes, and low cholesterol. But in many cases the results aren’t so good.

For the cases with less-than-desirable outcomes, I frequently grade my performance after the visit. Were my reprimands justifiable when my patient was noncompliant, whether in taking the medications or adhering to the diet? Probably. But did my approach “promote instruction”? Was I courteous? More importantly, was I kind?

“The wise heart is called discerning…,” my mother told me about the doctor she used to see when we were young. She said she always felt better after just talking to him. That physician had the discernment to choose the right words to sooth her stressed and depressed soul.  

“For [Yahweh]* gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6 NIV). My knowledge of medicine comes from years of studying. The wisdom I need to practice medicine, however, comes only from the Great Physician.

At the end of an appointment, on a particularly stressful day, my patient turned to me on her way out of the exam room and said, “Thanks, Dr. Zuniga. You always make me feel better.”

I gave a silent prayer of thankfulness that I had spoken “graciously” to my patient. In return, her words were just the right balm to get me through the rest of my day.

I pray that my words will always have a touch of honey so that they will fill the hearts of the those who receive them with the sweetness of Yahweh.


1Nordqvist, Joseph. “Honey: Health Benefits and Uses in Medicine.” Medical News Today. November 16, 2015. Accessed April 03, 2017. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/.

2“Gracious,” Merriam-Webster. Accessed April 03, 2017. https://www.merriam-webster.com/.

*Writer’s note: “Yahweh” is the Hebrew name of the Lord, as revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:15.

© Copyright 2017 by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga


Dorcas loved to write ever since she was a little girl. She wanted to be a journalist, but Yahweh had other plans for her. These plans included a career as a family medicine physician, wife, and mother. But the Master Planner did not forget her heart’s desire to be a writer and has blessed her with opportunities to share her written words. Still a toddler in the writing world, she is trying her hand at blogging. She has written posts for and about her family but welcomes visitors to share in their experiences at thezunigajourney.wordpress.com




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  • anon

    Thank you for sharing that story :)

    May 02, 2017

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