Loss brings grief. Everyone hurts when they suffer loss and many losses are met with grief. The recent Florida school shooting brings the trauma out in the open for all to see. Yet, before and after that singular tragedy there have been and will continue to be countless experiences of deep grief that are not so public. For many of us bereavement acts like a disease. Its symptoms can be deep and debilitating, and its cycle is repetitive and exhausting. Grief stinks and yet is an important and even healthy part of our coping with our traumatic personal losses. So, how do we go about finding the healing part ? How do we know what to hang on to, what to let go of and when any of this should happen? Finally, what can those of us who are not presently experiencing a personal loss do to help those who are in such pain and anguish?
What a pain in the neck – or my back or my arm or my leg. None of us like physical pain and when we have it we usually try and do all kinds of things to get rid of it. One really great way to do this is to go to a physical therapist and let them understand the problem and its source, evaluate and act on that understanding and then help us work through the process to regain our strength and health. What they help us do will probably bring us more pain for a short time so that we can have less or no pain for a long time! If you ask me, that is a winning formula! Can the process and treatment we receive from a physical therapist translate into steps we can take to identify, treat and alleviate the pains and malfunctioning of our spiritual lives? The best way to find that answer is to ask a physical therapist, so we did!
To have faith is to have an awesome power, for it connects you to something outside of yourself and sometimes to something within yourself that can alter your way of life. Now, depending on what you put your faith in, this altered way of life can end up leading to great advantage or to great disappointment. One thing many Christians put their faith is in the concept of miraculous healing. Today’s discussion will revolve around this pointed question: Should Christians seek or even believe in the miraculous faith healing claims that many make and live by in the name of Christ?
Losing a loved one, especially a child, can bring unbearable pain and anxiety. It can cause us to question even those things we hold dearest – even the existence and plan of God. We will look into this grief and into God’s plan to try and understand where God is when tragedy strikes.
Sickness and death have always played a significant role in our world as two of the things we spend lots of time and money avoiding. When Jesus was here on earth, he healed many of their diseases. When the Apostles were here after Jesus, they also healed. So, if we are Christians, are we supposed to be carrying the banner of healing as well? Is the healing of disease a Christian responsibility today, or was it for a long-ended time? If we are NOT supposed to heal, then what changed? If we are supposed to heal, then shouldn’t we be making news doing so? Stay with us – this should be good!
So, what about the laying on of hands? The Bible is full of examples of this ritual and as our theme text suggests, it seems to have something to do with the passing on of the spirit. As we look further into the Scriptures, we see it is a ritual also used in healing, praying, the raising of the dead and imparting spiritual authority. So, what does it all mean? Into what part of the Christian culture does the laying on of hands fit? Stay with us as we look into this fascinating topic and try to understand what “laying on of hands” should mean to us.