In my early days, I believed that healing was only related to illness, to disease, to physical infirmities, and getting well. As my husband has been struggling with serious health issues that the doctors have said there is no cure, I have been compelled to rethink healing. My conclusion is that I need to be healed about his illness. What this means to me is that I have to accept the brutal and beastly fact of his diagnosis. Healing is acceptance, being calm in the maelstrom; and I’m not there yet. I want my husband to be whole more than anything, but if the prognosis rules that out, I need to heal to the level of acceptance.
Healing can be and is one’s actual physical healing. One can read many examples of this in the Bible, but healing can also be the difficult and overwhelming job of accepting what egregious circumstances befall us. This is not an easy task, but Christ accepted what occurred to him on the cross; what an example to follow!
Dr. Cole presented another aspect of healing. In Matthew 8:16-17, there is both physical and mental healing and we can take great comfort in this. Although in the Garden, Adam and Eve were whole, they rebelled, and became broken as we are. We, like Adam and Eve, have the promise of being made whole – in our fullness and sacred worth through the grace of the heavenly father. Jesus was always in the process of healing.
The next step for us, and a real eye opener for me, is that we have been called to healing; to be healers. We can be and must be instruments in assisting others to be whole. Even if one thinks he does not have the gift of healing, this challenge is not just a role for us, but an obligation to assist in the healing of others. Dr. Cole indicates that Jesus healed the blind, broken, burdened and bitter. He is the Great Physician. We must model after him.
Even the centurion wanted his servant to be healed, but felt unworthy to have Jesus in his home. What took place was great faith and great healing. Dr. Cole says that this process starts with us. A relationship with Christ is the beginning of healing. WE start this. God is a gentleman, that is, He comes at invitation. Another example of this becoming whole might be the one Dr. Cole mentioned with his own father. We all have examples of this and we need to recognize them as healing and becoming whole. I have mine and long for more healing.
James 5:16 says it better that I ever could. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous man is powerful and effective.”
How do become healers? First we must be forgiven. As we become whole, we can nurture in others the forgiveness of Christ which, when received, becomes their “wholeness.” We have already heard about “equipping” ourselves. The world is blind to Christ, it is broken, it is burdened down with sin, and it is embittered. We have no shortage of opportunities to heal, to assist others, to lessen their burdens, and to sweeten embitterment. We may have followed patterns and tradition ingrained in us, but now is time to rethink those ways of doing things. Let us accept this challenge. Let us be healed by the grace of God, and then, let us help others to become whole.
We should be about healing, helping, and wholeness. No calling is of a higher order. Know that heaven will be the ultimate healing. My husband will be whole, and perfect, and himself in heaven. He can hardly walk now, but he will dance with me and the angels. He will be his heavenly self. He will regale me again with his flying stories, he will be my movie star husband. He will be 100% whole. I know he will serve me cherry-limeade sherbet, he will sing in the heavenly chorus, and I know he will bring a smile to the face of God.