Healing and Wholeness
Mark 10:41-45 When the other ten heard of this conversation, they lost their tempers with James and John. Jesus got them together to settle things down. "You've observed how godless rulers throw their weight around," he said, "and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It's not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your servant. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served-and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage."
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Hurt people, Hurt people! Healed people, Heal people! Blessed people, bless people!
Sunday Feb. 21st at Journey of Faith is our Healing and Wholeness Sunday. The 10:30 a.m. worship service will focus on the healing presence and power of God and at 12:00 p.m. we will celebrate ways to participate in our healing. Yes God heals and yes, we are to participate daily in our healing so we can foster healing in the world.
Just after receiving my double lung transplant, I was educated by my nurse coordinator on the many behaviors which had to be put into practice and others to avoid so I could live a healthy life. The list included but was not limited to: daily take your anti-rejection medication, avoid crowds, avoid people with coughs and sniffles, avoid babies, avoid hospitals and senior homes, wash your hands, exercise daily, wear a surgical mask in public, get plenty of rest, eat your vegetables, get your monthly blood draws, test your breathing daily, whew. The list which would lead to life went on and on.
Initially for the first six months after transplantation my only focus was me and my health. My recovery was my only purpose day in and day out. It was what I ate, breathed and slept 24/7 - take care of yourself. It was the assignment for the day and I accomplished every one.
Then came the greatest challenge because eventually I did heal; I got better. My breathing tests increased, the pain from the incision decreased and I had recovered. So now what? What happens next? If my focus shifts from me solely taking care of myself to interacting with and taking care of others, what could happen? Could I contract a cold or flu? Could I get run down and struggle to breathe again? I had received healing, why would I want to jeopardize my living?
It was only until later I realize I may have been breathing but I was not living. At least not in the ways God through Jesus has shown us what it means to live. Fully living in God's eyes is giving, serving, sharing, and loving others. Great living is in how we enhance the lives of others not just your own.
God brings healing not just so we are healed but so we can bring healing to the world all around us. Healing happens so healing can happen. There are times in life when our individual healing takes precedent and we have to create a space and place to heal but it should always occur so we can bring healing to those hurting around us.
Hurt people, Hurt people! Healed people, Healed people! Blessed people, bless people! Go healed and heal! Go blessed and bless!
Love, Pastor G