May 31, 2016 8:57am Healing Prayer

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I give God all the credit for healing but none of the blame for sickness. “How can that be?” folks ask. “Isn’t it both or none?” And I wonder incredulously at a heart and mind that conceptualizes God’s grace for healing but not for sickness.

In truth, it seems complexly simple. God did not create evil and sickness. If you go back to the beginning of Genesis, you will see that he created light and separated the darkness from it. He created evening and day so that there might be activity followed by rest. He created man, then woman and placed them in the Garden.

He did not create evil or sickness but he did allow them. He granted free will and choice. With that, disorder and chaos were birthed and man’s decision to nourish disorder. Out of that comes cancer.

The ultimate in chaos and entropy. Right? Undifferentiated cells that don’t want to claim their origin so they remain primitive. Not recognizable by the immune system, they replicate unchecked. A deceit which often ends in death.

A parallel process to Satan’s manifestation in our world. Act natural, act normal, deceive and then when you are in control, destroy. I give God no blame. I give Him none because it does not belong to Him. We hold that blame ourselves. If God steps back to allow it, that is because of his sacred vow for our freedom. 

Our world is in desperate need of healing. As children of God die in a bar in Orlando, we are all destroyed. The shooter’s anguish over his sexuality is introjected and turned outward into devastating hate. Our intolerance fed his fear.

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Yet still, healing miraculously occurs. It happens all the time. It happened everyday I was in treatment and continues. Healing is present now as it was in Jesus day. Some gathered around him in astonishment to raise praise, others ran in fear. Which will you do?

Last night the line for healing prayer grew as the congregation sang.  Although we most commonly think of healing in terms of physical cures, God’s healing power is comprehensive and also touches our relationships, spirits, memories and emotions. Christ calls us alongside and into this wondrous ministry of healing. (CUMC website)

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Be astonished. Ask for healing. Go to healing services and expect to be changed. God’s love and light create this every day. Why are we surprised?

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     Christ United Methodist Church  800 Market Street, Chapel Hill, NC         A weekly Service of Prayer and Healing, led by our pastoral staff and prayer team, will be held each Sunday in Building 105, classroom 1 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.IMG_0004

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