Family Notes 15/08/2016

THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN.


PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER’S HEALING

God’s will is on the side of health, wholeness, and salvation. The English words “hale,” “health,” and “whole” share common roots. When the Gospels tell stories of Jesus forgiving sins and healing the sick, the words translated “heal” and “save” often translate the same Greek word. The authoritative name of Jesus is given to us for both health and salvation (Acts 3). Jesus’ atonement procured both those blessings, and Isaiah 53 is fulfilled in them both (Matt. 8:17; Acts 8:33-34).

Jesus’ atonement covers the whole person–body and soul, physical and spiritual, visible and invisible. Prayers for healing someone in Christ will always be answered–if not now, in the resurrection when we appear in our immortal body (Rom. 8; 1 Cor. 15; 2 Cor. 5). I thank you for every prayer on my behalf, and share a few of them with you, which you might like to use for someone else some day.

“You do have my prayer that your surgery will more than meet your needs, that the Holy Spirit of God will position himself within all who plan and implement the procedure, and that your recovery time will allow so much of an eternal blessing that it spills over with abundance in your every day. And I pray for all who suffer, that pain would never so overtake their focus that the assurance of the grace, love, and presence of God is diminished in any way.” (Lisa B.)

“May God’s great power fill you with healing and a great reduction of pain. May doctors’ hands be led by the Spirit to do exactly what is needed, and no more. May God’s presence be felt by all who are in the operating room and throughout your recovery.” (Doug S.)

“I pray for you a speedy recovery, wisdom for those treating you, patience for those caring for you, and perseverance for yourself.” (Alice D.)