I recently had the privilege of discussing spiritual healing with The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus of Riverside Church and now president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation. The discussion centered on Acts 3:1-6, where Peter healed a man who had been crippled since birth.
The man, who was a beggar, reached out to Peter for help. Peter responded, by telling him “I don’t have any money for you but I’ll give you something else! I command you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” Peter then reached out his hand and lifted him up, and the beggar began walking and leaping, praising God. It was apparent that Peter, through his spirit, had rendered spiritual healing.
In discussing this incident with Dr. Forbes, he awakened in me that spiritual healing is a process that takes place between the healer and the one receiving the blessing.
He also quoted Proverbs 16:24: “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.” He further quoted, “A merry heart doeth good like medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). Finally, I was referred to Isaiah 40:29-31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”
In her book Living the Therapeutic Touch: Healing as a Lifestyle, Dr. Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN, describes how compassion and touch contribute to the process of healing. This book should be read by everyone in the healing arts.
Let me tell you a story about a very dear friend who was not my patient but was healed at the beautiful gate. Several years ago, she was told that she had breast cancer and that there was little hope for recovery.
When the doctors gave her this overwhelming diagnosis, they also gave her a box of tissues, expecting her to break down, cry and give up.
Instead, she reflected awhile, looked up to the heavens, gave the box of tissues back to the doctors, and told them, “There must be a better way. I’m going to take charge of it with the help of God.”
During this period, her mother also became very ill, which required my friend to administer to her dear loved one until her passing. She continued with her meditation and belief in God and the healing power of Jesus Christ. This faithful lady continued to work, raise her child and give and receive love to many each day.
With the help of her doctors and treatment, and by tuning in to her innermost strengths, she was able to regain her health. She had experienced healing as she passed through the Healing Gate to her innermost healing powers. It has been 20 years since she refused that box of tissues.
If you, my readers, are experiencing illness that seems to be hopeless, I suggest that you reach to that innermost power that is within you and has been left with us through the spirit of Jesus Christ. You no longer have to weep.
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