Sunday, January 30, 2011

Being Made Well

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.  --Matthew 9:35 (NIV)

There are all kinds of illnesses, diseases, disorders, and sicknesses; on every level of life -- emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual.  If one owns a copy of Robbin's pathology book - a TERRIFIC book weight tipping scales at about 5 pounds, one would think on just the physical level that there is no way a body can work at all.  Everyone has some kind of problem, or if not, the time WILL come.

Jesus spent a great deal of time healing and curing.  He used various methods for an array of fuzzily-described maladies.  Today Christian ministries pray for God's healing, and this morning nearly every church on the planet is likely to be praying for several someones with illnesses and problems.  Cynics say praying is superstitious mumbo jumbo of no value to rational human beings.  They cite as evidence the number of people prayed for who do not get well and die.

Wellness is a far broader concept than whether someone continues to eat, drink, and be merry without constraints.  Wellness is, by and large, a spiritual matter.  How is it with your soul?  There IS a peace and a calm assurance that comes in knowing Christ pulls alongside you and that eternity is there and is yours and that all life's struggles are lessons and temporary things that do "too pass away."  The Moravian watchword for this week is I Cor. 1:18 -- "For the message of the cross is foolishness for those who are perishing, but for those who are saved it is the power of God."  Memorize it and say it to yourself daily for the coming week.

Go this day IN the power of God, knowing all is well!

We gather this day to hear the Good News, to be made whole in every way, and to be found as your own.  Amen(1)

(1) From Moravian Daily Texts 2011

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