Sunday, February 12, 2012

How Others Help Heal Us

In one of the readings for today we hear the story of Naaman and how he was healed of leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-14). In this story we see how God uses people, slaves, people of other nations, kings, and prophets, to help heal Naaman. It is the power of God working in and through people.

So today I was thinking about the many ways that God continues to help heal through those who are around us. We know of how this happens with doctors and nurses, with psychiatrists and mental health experts, with physical therapists and holistic healers, but what about how God helps to heal others through us, through our family, through our friends?

Some of my most profound healing moments have happened at the healing touch of a friend or a loved one. It might have been the shoulder rub during a time of extreme stress, the hug during a time of loss, or the gentle, comforting word when I was at my lowest point. All of this is healing, and it is a healing touch that is given to us from God through others.

So how have you been granted a healing touch in your life? And can you think of times when you have been the one giving the healing touch?

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