Since the fall 2015, healing elements have been incorporated into our regular Sunday worship services in months with a 5th Sunday.
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. (James 5:13-14)
As Christians, we believe that God’s will for us is abundance and fullness of life. But that is not always our reality. Many of us experience brokenness—of body, mind, or spirit; in our relationships, and in the world. God also knows our suffering, and promises to be with us in our pain as well as in our joy.
While we know that with God nothing is impossible, it is important to understand that HEALING can be different from CURING. Physical and other suffering may still exist following healing prayer, but Christians trust that God is at work even in such conditions. This is precisely why our symbol is a cross—a sign of God’s presence in the midst of pain. Very often healing might look like increased faith in God or a new empowerment to love and serve others, though external circumstances may appear unchanged. Sometimes the very thing that caused our brokenness can be transformed into a unique gift.