Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Embedded within the short story of Jesus raising the synagogue leader’s daughter from death, is the short vignette of our Lord healing a woman from her seven year affliction with hemorrhaging. One healing the Lord performed was visible, the other invisible. Certainly these days we can identify with both situations - so many of us like the father in this passage are experiencing untimely deaths, or like the woman have inner hurts and maladies that are invisibly ‘bleeding’. We too need both visible and invisible, both physical and internal healing, in body and soul. More specifically we need the attention and the healing touch of the Great Physician. In his healing work, Jesus showed us how God longs to be invited into our present reality to heal and restore that which is bleeding, and broken, or even dead. How do we bring God’s great mercy and healing grace into whatever illness or wounds we are experiencing? Simply by asking! Just as the synagogue leader asked Jesus for the healing of his daughter, and the woman pulled on Jesus’ cloak for the healing of her hemorrhaging, you and I go and ask the Holy Spirit of Jesus for healing help through prayer. In my own brokenness and illness will I suffer in silence or go to Jesus with footsteps of prayer to ask for His help? When I notice the maladies and morbidities of those I love will I give up, or journey to Jesus to ask him to come and call us back to life? Christ Jesus, heal me, heal my loved ones, in body and soul as only you can do.
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually. (Psalm 105:4 )
Prayer is not a matter of getting what we want the most. Prayer is a matter of giving ourselves to God and learning His laws, so that He can do through us what He wants the most.
See also : Where is God when It Hurts? A book by Philip Yancey https://www.amazon.ca/Where-When-Hurts-Philip-Yancey-ebook/dp/B000SEONA6
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.