By Chuck Griffin
This Sunday’s worship at Holston View UMC in Weber City, Va., will be different, focusing specifically on healing. A formal Service of Healing, including communion and anointing with oil, seems appropriate as we continue to make our way through a pandemic that is impacting the world in so many ways. Of course, we have to acknowledge that because of the pandemic, many people will not be comfortable attending in person. The service will be viewable online.
If you would like someone’s name placed on the prayer rail during the service, simply email me, and I will make sure that happens.
Today’s Preparatory Bible Passage
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6)
Cake and ice cream. Shoes and socks. Salt and pepper. Wife and husband. Sticks and stones, and their modern cousins, bats and balls. Or to quote Forrest Gump, “Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.”
There are many things in the world that can function alone, but that work better in conjunction with something else.
Let’s add this to the list: medicine and faith.
If we are to seek healing, we need to understand both are gifts from God. God pours his love into the world, and through faith some are reunited with the source of eternal life. God pours his knowledge and wisdom into the world, and some are so mentally blessed by the gift that from generation to generation, humans are better able to alleviate suffering.
A friend recently told me about a grandmother who kept her medicine cabinet stocked, but who also kept an empty bottle there labeled “Faith.” It was her reminder to get a dose of everything she needed to be well.
People of the Bible had little in the way of medicine and relied heavily on faith. We have so much in the way of medical care that we sometimes treat faith as an afterthought. Does this conversation sound familiar?
Friend: “I’m so sorry you’re suffering. What can I do for you?”
Suffering person: “Well, not much, really. Just pray for me.”
In this hurting world, we Christians should prayerfully pursue healing with the same kind of determination that dedicated doctors, nurses and researchers employ in their daily lives. Where healing is concerned, we all have God-given roles, and those roles work together for the betterment of those around us.
Lord, may we see an outbreak of healing, the kind of events that declare your kingdom is present. Amen.