The past several weeks I have suffered from a respiratory illness and am grateful that this is my first major respiratory illness in a little over a year. To some that gratitude might seem strange but let me explain. Twenty years ago I dreaded the warm weather because of seasonal allergies and I dreaded winter because it seemed every other month I had a major respiratory illness.
Eventually I was connected with an allergist who was able to provide medications and shots to relieve my allergies. Working with another physician we found treating me with an asthma medication reduced the number of colds I had during the winter. I felt like I got my life back!
I share this because that is how healing works in our lives. Being healed is getting our life back. During this Lenten season we are looking at the many areas of our life in which we yearn for healing. We live in a sin filled and broken world. A world where: guilt, disease, addictions, and broken relationships seem to chisel away at our lives. We are left wondering if we will ever be whole again. In faith we turn to God in prayer seeking healing in our lives and the lives of those we love.
Sometimes the healing takes time. Sometimes the healing is not what we expect. Other times we are overwhelmed by the healing power of God. In the scriptures we read of Jesus’ healing of those longing to be made whole. The lepers who get their life back; being allowed contact with loved ones. The blind give sight, the crippled given function to limbs, and the sick healed. Each person who has experience healing in their lives has been given back their life.
Throughout this Lenten season we will come together as a congregation on Wednesday’s seeking God’s healing presence through prayer. May God’s healing presence be known in your life today.
Pr. Joel Guttormson
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