The Power to Heal

After a really difficult phone call yesterday, I wished that someone had given me this gift of the Spirit. I wish that somewhere between seminary and ordination, someone had at least taught me how to heal. Ya know, like those miracles that Jesus performed. "Your faith has made you well." Go. Walk. Love. Be healed. I so wish that I had this gift.

It breaks my heart to hear this church member cry because his son has somehow gotten lost in his teenage years. I want to be able to tell him that it will be fine -- but I know that it won't. Nothing will be that easy. But, I want to to tell him that his faith will heal him. And all shall be well. It's the same feeling that I get when I hear my friend talk about mourning the death of his father. I want to tell him, "Your faith has made you well." I want to offer these words to the Episcopal Church USA. Even in these struggles, all will be well. Even if things must change, "your faith has made you well."

So, I'm praying tonight for peace and love. I'm hoping for healing -- and wondering if I have any part in that process. I'm feeling defeated and wanting to do more. I'm a fixer. I can't help it. But, I want to kiss it and make it better. Why can't it be that simple?


more cows than people said...

nodding empathetically here.

i know that longing. those conversations that you have where there is just no apparent way out for the hurting person, and you feel entirely helpless. when a ministry of presence is all you can offer. when it doesn't feel like it enough.

i know. (((pastorpeters))) i know.

LittleMary said...

the other day i asked my friend: "do you really think all things work together for good?" do we really think "your faith will make you well?" how can we say this in the 21st century? yet somehow we must cling to these things. i don't know these days.

Pastor Peters said...

i don't know if i believe it literally in that faith in christ will transform bad stuff.

but, i do believe that clinging to hope and believing in possibility might make us well. not perfect. but well. it's a good question though LM. i don't have a great answer.

apbs said...

luke's "your faith has made you well" is coming up in a few weeks (oct 14) on the good ol' rcl. coincidence?

CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

I have a friend who says, "All is well--we just have to get there."

I think she's right.