Healing: Step One
More than any other action Jesus always healed. Healing is not about just removing an ailment, it’s not about just finding a cure for what ails you. Healing is about full restoration. Restoration to body health, but also spirit and communal health.
Scripture Reference: John 5:1-18
Step 2: Reflect
Read the quote above.
How does your faith community offer and extend belonging and love to those who are not yet a part of the group?
How have you experienced healing in your own life?
Spend time with your favorite Gospel.
The first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) each tell the story of Jesus' life in a slightly different way. If you don't know which is your favorite, yet, just choose one of the four randomly! You will find healing in each one. Choose a few chapters to read through and write down the following:
- book, chapter, and verse of the healing
- what/who was healed
- how the community was involved.
You don't have to stop at just 2 chapters! You can read all the way through, if you like! (Tip: Mark is the shortest of the four.)
Set a timer for 2 minutes and let yourself pray/ponder/walk and reflect on this understanding of Jesus' healing ministry.
There are several amazing books about Jesus and healing. I highly recommend the following:
Healing & Christianity: A Classic Study by Morton Kelsey
Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts by Craig S. Keener
There are several articles about how young North Americans, particularly those in the millennial generation, are experiencing Christianity. Here are three articles from recent years that present the experience of millennials. As you read, note how each of these articles talk about the importance of love and community belonging which is the root of healing.
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