Good Morning God,
I must confess I was going to post a photo of flowers and chat about how I wanted to buy some flowers for my car port garden. But my heart is full of Our Need for HEALING.
Hmm. Are You asking if there is also a DESIRE for Healing? I feel as if You are pointing out that mostly our idea of healing is that we should just not hurt.
Well, yes. Not hurting — not being in pain — that’s a good start, God.
Only, not hurting — not feeling pain and thus not noticing problems — is part of why diabetics let foot infections go too far. Paul Brand, a hand surgeon and leprosy specialist, wrote a book about the usefulness of pain. It’s called, Pain: the Gift Nobody Wants.
And in leprosy — having the nerves to the extremities die — the patient can’t feel pain enough to protect him or herself. Sigh. O.K. God, pain isn’t the problem — pain is the symptom.
And pain isn’t just of the Body, it is also of the Heart. True Prayer is for the Mind to descend into the Heart and there behold the Face of God. So, help me here, God. What sort of healing DO we need?
Boy, this is HARD, God! I wish I’d gone for the flowers. OK . . . OK: we need to be healed of the idea that we are ONE PERSON — able to do just what we want — with no responsibilities toward YOU, or Family or Community, or Cosmos.
“To those much has been given, from them much is required.” Only, I am pretty sure You are taking this verse UP several notches. I hear vague whispers about INTERCONNECTEDNESS.
A CALL TO TURN?