Friday, March 16, 2018

Love & Healing

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we consider him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
–Isa 53:4-5

Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.”  And his servant was healed at that moment.  When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.  He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
–Mt 8:13-15

A vice-president of the United States, Hubert H. Humphrey (1911–1978) stated, “The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.”  Henri Nouwen (1932–1996), a Dutch Catholic priest said, we should ask: “Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face?  Did I say words of healing?  Did I let go of my anger and resentment?  Did I forgive?  Did I love?  These are the real questions.  I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”  Humphrey and Nouwen’s sayings remind us of Proverbs 4:20-22: “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”

Joy of Working Together

David Hume (1711–1776), a Scottish philosopher wrote, “It’s when we start working together that the real healing takes place…it’s when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.”  In this process we need to find comfort through Christ.  This might mean according to Max de Pree (b. 1924), a businessman and writer: “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity.  We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”

People must therefore learn from their friends.  As Nouwen described, “The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing…not healing, not curing…that is a friend who cares.”
That’s why when we think about healing we have to share our love.  Sai Baba (1835–1918), an Indian spiritual master reminded us: “Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love.  Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”  Psalm 107:19-21 says that we must cry out to the Lord in our troubles and distress.  For through his word we’re healed and rescued from the grave.  Always thank God for his unfailing love and wonderful deeds.

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