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He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147.3
Jesus the Healer
- He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. Mark 1.31
- When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2.5
- He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart. Mark 3.5
- When they got out of the boat, people at once recognised him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats. Mark 6.54-55
- Take heart; get up, he is calling you. Mark 10.46
A large proportion of the Gospels is devoted to stories about Jesus healing people. It was a fundamental aspect of his ministry of bringing God’s loving Kingdom to all, especially the poor, the outcast, the sick and the despairing. Each story opens a window onto a different facet of God’s compassionate love for each one of us in our suffering.
Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40.31
All kinds of prayer are fundamental to our healing journey. Meditation, or contemplative prayer, has deep roots in the Christian tradition. Through it we move towards wholeness of mind, body and spirit and unity with God. The medical and psychiatric professions recommend meditation or mindfulness on the basis of evidence for health and wellbeing. Read here some extracts from Health of the Soul by Laurence Freeman OSB, reflecting on the health benefits and spiritual fruits of meditation, and the need to persevere.
One form of meditation involves focussing the mind on a simple phrase and is taught by the respected and ecumenical World Community for Christian Meditation. It’s simple and easy to start, and no adherence to a creed is necessary. There are basic instructions on this page. A very useful tool is the online meditation timer, which allows you to set the length of time you choose. You can find out more at their UK website or main website.
Just as I am
Do you want to be made well? John 5.6
Jesus meets us in our brokenness and heals us by his wounds when we open ourselves honestly to him, trusting in his love and forgiveness. He accepts us as we are, and invites us to journey to a new place, learning to sing a new song. On the way we will develop patience, self-awareness and reconciliation. We will walk in love and fellowship with others, giving and receiving care, encouragement and guidance. Somewhere along the way there will be a life-changing encounter with the Risen Lord. Is this for you?