Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Healing Power

This week I am living into the opportunity to be with the Spiritual Care Network team on Bowen Island. We have gathered we have worshiped and we have prayed. We have acknowledged our joys and our exhaustions. And we have dug deep into spiritual practices.

And yet once more I have been struck by how much we in our lives of ministry are exhausted. This week I have been reminded of the words of Peter Short as we worked together “Never look down on a struggle for life.” I have come to believe that we all in our lives and ministry are often in a ‘struggle for life.’ How do we care for one another in this? I wonder do we need to root ourselves in a piece of our tradition that for many has been lost? Do we need healing as individuals, congregations and church?

This week we have be lead into a conversation about healing. We have found ourselves asking “What is healing?” “What is healing prayer?” “What is God’s part in our healing?” “What is our part in healing?”

So we invite you to ask these questions we have asked:

“What is your experience of healing prayer?”

“What do you believe happens in healing prayer?”

“What do you believe does not happen?”

“What is God’s role?”

“What is our role?”

We would love to hear your responses.

Some of us have found this very familiar prayer helpful this week. We spent time in worship this morning praying this for our congregation and church.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

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