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On Healing and the Church 2.19

I haven’t stopped thinking about the topic of healing since my previous post. My mind has been racing about this all morning. So much so that I had to start typing before making coffee. Oops. She fell back asleep after I told her I’d awaken her after I make coffee. She has multiple sclerosis, so as far as I’m concerned she can sleep as much as she needs. One minute the covers go flying and her fan is fully on her.  She’s hot. Another moment in the night she and her blankets are knotted together. She’s cold.

This is all part of our routine. Her MS is part of our routine. I will love her with or without MS, with or without healing. The topic of healing is always on my mind. As I cleaned up in the loft bathroom, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

I get up about the same time every morning. I use the bathroom in the loft so she can take long hot baths in the master bath with her soaps, lotions, and praise music. I clean up, dress, make coffee, then I wake her gently to let her know that our strong coffee is ready. She is so adorable. Breakfast or bath may come first. No matter. This is what we do.

Well, I better get coffee going. Later when I return here I’m going to think through this difficult topic of healing and the church that few people in the church really want to meet head on.


It took me longer to get back here than I had hoped. We went to mass on Saturday, so we thought Sunday was going to be a quiet one. It wasn’t. It was sweetly busy by the unexpected twice. The doorbell rang. It was family from New Orleans. They got back on the road late in the afternoon. We ran to the store for a few long overdue essentials and returned home. Much to my wife’s delight, our two grand kids from Avery Island knocked on the door. While my wife and granddaughter played hair in the master bathroom I introduced my young grandson to Halo installed on my laptop that I was playing before he was born. After that he showed me he was a master on Steam. Rematch will be scheduled. They scooted home at nightfall.

What a great day! Then my wife’s MS kind of went into a relapse on Monday. I say kind of because with all the activity on Sunday, we didn’t check her medication schedule and missed an application of a medication she requires every three days. We were a day late. Hence the sort of relapse was followed by three or four medications and a complete day of rest.


The week has flown by and to complicate matters, two or three of her main MS medications remain unfilled because the search for specialists is slow going here and bogged down by health care system red tape. She bounced back a bit. I thank God for giving her back to me for another sweet day together.

Yet, she must rest today before we go to an appointment this afternoon. We struggle; she much more so than I. I’ve been fighting the flu for a few weeks and I’m not thinking clearly or moving at top speed. The health system here is making it hard for her to find the doctors or medications she needs to function well in spite of MS.

So, how do I go ahead? She is in constant pain and this flu from hell persists! But we must continue in faith; and I must ask.

Does this relapse or that she suffers from MS and Lupus or the problems we are having getting proper health care change how I address the topic of healing and the church?

No. Because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). God is unchanging. Scripture makes it clear. God doesn’t change His mind so the truth of the Word of God should not change from generation to generation to suit politics, social trends of the day, or Satan’s grip on the world system.

Thus, scripture states

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19 NIV)

and

He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind. (1 Samuel 15:29 NIV)

Humankind in the Church and in the world change God’s word by interpretation and “legal” application putting the church back under the law instead of under God’s grace. Small and big churches alike regardless of denomination have chained themselves back under the law instead of embracing the freedom the risen Christ has given us under grace. This is being fickle and worldly, not faithful and spiritually mature. When Jesus was crucified and rose again, the Law of Moses was completed, fulfilled, and replaced by the fullness of God’s grace to all who believe.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14, 16-17 NIV)

When the Corinthian church was in error, the Apostle Paul’s overriding correction was to tell the church to do the Father’s will and told them, “therefore I urge you to imitate me.” The church at large has failed to pursue both admonitions ever since. Political correctness is the mantra of this age that has slain truth by Satan’s sword deceiving millions to create false grace in the churches that is built on a foundation of legalism (the Law) according to the flesh and the world, not by the Holy Spirit of God or the truth of God’s word under grace.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23 NIV)

So, where am I going with this you might ask. What does any of this text have to do with healing? Plenty.

This verse stuck with me:

Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. (John 1:16)

God’s grace cannot be measured or limited. It seems to me that God’s grace has been dispensed to overflowing on saints and sinners alike. And God’s grace has always been given to the faithful in the absence of the Law.

King David, anointed King of Israel and filled with the Spirit of God, understood the benefits of God’s grace as he spoke in Psalm 103.

1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

His statement on healing is not conditional in any way. Direct and to the point. God forgives all our sins by the blood of the lamb of God and resurrection of his son, Jesus Christ. The same God heals all our diseases. The same God healed all who came to him when he was in the flesh.

When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” (Matthew 8:14-17; Isaiah 53:4)

Jesus had compassion on people then and now. God’s healing and grace are ever-present. Father, I don’t understand what happened between then when all who came to Jesus were healed and now when the Church is troubled and hurting.

What a great time to restore healing to all who believe in you, to all who are yours—that the world today would know that you alone are God! Please, Father, I pray heal your Church and your people in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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alslaff

Poet, Writer, US Army (Retired)

I dreamed of writing when I was a youngster. The love of books and writing may have helped to dull the pain of severe sexual abuse as I was sexually abused by two men at my father’s place of work from age 8 to 12 or so. I learned about this for the first time when I was 50 years old. So, as a boy, reading was the only place I had to go to. My fantasy world was better and safer than my real world. I loved reading and writing.
Reading books and writing poetry are a joy to me still and are an important part of my life. (See my About Me page on my blog for the complete profile.)

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