Dear Christ Church,
Join us tonight for a Healing Service at 7pm!
We are all broken in body, heart, mind, soul, and/or relationships. The pain, sorrow, and hurts we carry can be so sharp and sometimes debilitating. Did you know that one of the very first self-descriptions God gave to Israel was to say, “I am the Lord, your healer” (Ex. 15:26)? Have you noticed that one quarter of the gospels is about healing? What about the fact that when Jesus sent out the seventy-two disciples, and the twelve, he commissioned them specifically to heal? The healing ministry of Jesus continues throughout Acts, the early church, and even today.
At Christ Church we live in the mystery of both a theology of glory and a theology of suffering. We know that in our eternal future we will be glorious resurrected bodies, made completely whole in body, soul, and mind. When we pray for healing, we are praying a version of our Lord’s prayer, asking that right here and right now his “kingdom come . . . on earth as in heaven.”
A theology of suffering emphasizes presence; it contends that God is with us, everywhere and always, in the midst of our pain and sorrow, most supremely and redemptively on the cross. Through his Spirit he will never leave us nor forsake us. It takes faith to trust tenaciously in the midst of suffering.
A theology of glory emphasizes healing; it contends that God sometimes intervenes in our pain and sorrow and wondrously changes the situation, from the healing of persons to all creation and nations. He makes broken things whole. It takes faith to pray boldly for healing.
In the inscrutable mysteries of the Triune God, suffering is not so much an exception to the shining glory of God, as the occasion of its exceptional brilliance. In his time, our God is making all things new.
P.S. It’s not too late to sign up for our Prayer Vigil! Join some fellow parishioners this weekend for a time of intercession during one of the Benedictine hours.