The issue of healing and wholeness has been on my heart very heavily lately, especially in light of situations that have caused hurt and pain around the world and in our local communities. As a result, I have had several opportunities to prayerfully reflect upon what it means to be a Christian, more distinctively a United Methodist Christian and how much of an impact my faith might have upon my local community. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism realized the impact of faith in a God of love and grace as he not only ministered the gospel of repentance and salvation, but sought to meet the needs of the hurting, the sick, and the poor.
"Wesley was one of the first not only to see the poor as recipients of alms and objects of charitable care, but also to set forth the genuinely Christian duty to eliminate their wretchedness..." - M. Marquardt, John Wesley's Social Ethics. p. 27I believe that God heals today; heart, mind, and soul and that God's grace is continually available to everyone who seeks it. Though our healing may not take place exactly as we think it should, God is still with us and loving on us relentlessly as he pursues our hearts.
Be on the lookout for more posts regarding healing and wholeness and if you get a chance, come on out to a service of healing and wholeness at Emmanuel UMC in Blissfield on June 16th at 7pm or Lambertville UMC on June 15th at 7pm.
May God surround you with his peace,