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Reading the gospels, it is evident that Jesus was involved in a healing ministry, because he healed several people during His public service and even raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. He did this with the power of the Holy Spirit.
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It is interesting to note that Jesus had a healing ministry and not a cure ministry, since he did not have drugs or anything associated with modern medicine.
The reason I mention this is because, in my mind, there is a big difference between a cure and a healing. The distinction is that a cure is a physical thing and a healing is a spiritual thing, so it is possible to have a cure without a healing and also possible to have a healing without a cure.
For example, our eldest daughter was in an auto accident three months after she was married. She broke her back and severely injured her spinal cord. She has accepted the fact that she will never receive a cure and be able to walk again during her lifetime, but she has been healing, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.
Spiritual healing must take place from the inside, so that the anger and grief is allowed to come out. Sometimes it comes out in bursts, sometimes in quiet reflection. When something like this happens, it is not only the individual that needs healing, it is the whole family. Just writing this column and being able to talk about it is part of the healing process for me.
When my daughter's 3-year-old daughter was in Juneau for a visit a few years ago, she said, "When my mommy dies and goes to heaven, she is going to walk with Jesus."
My 3-year-old granddaughter almost blew me away with such a profound statement. If you have children or hope to have them in the future, my prayer is that they will be able to say the same thing about you. Peace be with you.
David Moe is a member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.