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    Healing is not an end to achieve, but a path to walk

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7:20 PM [General]

    Prayers for healing have been part of the Christian tradition since the time of the New Testament. One Sunday each month I offer special prayers for healing as part of our worship. Even though I have done this for many years and it has been a meaningful act of worship, it seems as if in the past few months, I have gained insight in a new way with regard to healing. I would like to share some key insights here.

    A prayer from The United Methodist Book of Worship suggested for use at services of healing includes this line: “May the power of God’s indwelling presence heal you of all illness—of body, mind, spirit, and relationship.” This suggests to me that healing energy tenaciously moves toward health and wholeness.

    It appears to me that healing is often a matter of being restored to health and wholeness that you already possess. Sometimes it is a matter of removing obstacles or accumulated conditioning and then letting nature’s healing power move through you.

    Further, it appears to me that to acknowledge the life force within and to give thanks for its tenacity to bring health and wholeness in itself has healing power.

    I have found it surprising that something always happens. Sometimes the seeker is aware of changes immediately, sometimes after passage of some time, sometimes never. I encourage my congregation to receive the gift; be open to receive whatever comes.

    As I reflect on what happens, I can summarize under three headings the possibilities.
    One, things can remain the same or two, things can get worse. In either case, we can be aware of God’s presence to walk along side. Three, things can change for the better. Of course that’s what we would like to have happen.

    In this regard it is clear to me that prayers for healing are not magic, “magic” in the sense of its root meaning to bend the laws of nature to conform to our desires. In fact, we may need to change our expectations and accept what is.

    Healing and cure are different things. In the end, it appears that healing is not an end to achieve. It is a path to walk. And, this very body, with its aches and its pleasures is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, and fully alive.

    This article was published 2/18/15 in the Newberg Graphic

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    Spiritual practice: Be Aware of Spirit’s Movement

    Sunday, February 15, 2015, 5:39 PM [General]

    The Holy God revealed divine glory in Jesus Christ, and has given us a share in Spirit. Light and life, spirit and divinity surround us.


    Look around you this week and see beyond, above, and below the physical presence.  Are you aware of spirit even in the common things you see?  Be aware of the movement of spirit within you. Be one with God’s spirit.

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    Spiritual practice: Experience your essential wholeness

    Sunday, February 8, 2015, 6:43 PM [General]

    Healing is often a matter of being restored to health and wholeness that you already possess.  Sometimes it is a matter of removing the obstacles or accumulated conditioning and then to let nature’s healing move through you.  During this week, acknowledge the life force within and give thanks for its tenacity to bring health and wholeness.  Ask yourself, “what might be blocking the flow of life?” and “What might I do to remove obstacles obstructing the flow of life?”

    Even having said that healing and wholeness are already our possession, “Realize that this very body, with its aches and it pleasures… is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.”

     

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    Spiritual Practice: See Your Highest Self

    Sunday, February 1, 2015, 4:42 PM [General]

    Jesus taught as one who had authority.  On the one hand, that incensed his opponents.  On the other, it attracted followers.  I assume that Jesus was the embodiment of characteristics that his followers held in high esteem, the ideals that described their highest self.


    Here is an exercise you can try this week.  Write down five characteristics that attract you to Jesus.  These qualities really are reflections of your highest ideals.  Once you have made your list, use those characteristics to describe yourself.  I am [insert an item from your list].  Repeat this process until you have completed every item on your list. Let these Jesus qualities inspire you this week.


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    Spiritual practice: Live your vision

    Sunday, January 25, 2015, 4:29 PM [General]

    The vision that calls us, like the call Jesus issued to his first disciples, inspires us, energizes us, mobilizes us. In meditation hold the vision and nurture it.

    In our practice we deepen our experience so we can share our vision with others. This is our contribution to changing the world.

    During this week, let the vision which brings you bliss inspire you. Meditate on it. Practice it. Share it.

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