The Healing Power of Touch

I was reading / studying about Peters mother today as part of my bible course, and I could not help but associate the healing of Peter’s mother to the way we should minister to the hurting. It is what I learned as a Chaplain – the ministry of presence.

In the gospel account in Luke 4:39, Jesus rebuked the fever.
“And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she rose up and ministered unto them.” (emphasis mine)

In Matthew’s account Jesus touched her.
And when Jesus had come to Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. And He touched her hand and fever left her; and she arose, and waited on Him.” (emphasis mine)

Again, in Mark’s account we read, He lifted her up.
And He came to her and lifted her and raised her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever left her. (emphasis mine)

I would love it, if in all the times I have prayed for the sick, rebuked a fever, or laid hands on someone, the healing power of Christ flowed through me, but it has not. If it did, I would not be beseeching others for prayer on behalf of my baby grandson, still sick, and even sicker again the last few days.

However, what I should always have flowing through me is His love. In two out of three of gospel accounts we read, Jesus touched her; He raised her up. Jesus did not need to touch Peter’s mother to heal her. He had just healed the Centurions son from afar, he certainly could have healed Peters mother from across the room. But this was Peter’s mother – this was relationship building, this was compassion and concern, and touch, the right touch, is a powerful relationship builder.

Touch expresses I care, I am willing to come close to you, to enter into your discomfort to bring you comfort. Too often when someone is in pain, especially emotional or spiritual pain, we want to rush in and “rebuke”, instead of touching. We want to fix it, or tell the hurting person how they should fix it. We are not willing to simply take them by the hand, or lift them up; it takes time, it brings us into intimate contact, it makes us vulnerable to their pain.

Unless our rebuke brings forth an immediate manifestation of restoration and healing, as Jesus did, then perhaps we should confine our ministry to the comfort that He brings. As we minister to others, may they see Christ in us, and be raised up to serve Him, as Peter’s mother did.

Here We Go Again

I have made many attempts at creating a blog, but none of them seemed to get off the ground. I decided it is because I “specialize” my blogs too much, and as an person who now (and probably always) has worn a variety of hats, I need to redirect my thought processes toward something that encompasses the whole instead of the part.

I also decided that if I focus on expressing myself off of Face book, then those of you who actually want to see an article of debate, thought provoking post, theological musing, or something just ridiculous, can more easily choose to be here.

So, for those of you who actually care to read the [often] theological musings of a mom turned missionary; here I am. For those of you who stumbled upon this blog accidentally, maybe you will join me, or maybe you will run; for those of you who actually continue to faithfully follow the pondering and happenings of my large and active family, and the ministry of Hesed Hope, thank you for caring. May God bless you.

Why Mom turned Missionary?

One definition of the word missionary:One who attempts to convert or persuade others to a particular program, doctrine, or set of principles, a propagandist.

It is our goal to, “convert or persuade others” to a program of discipleship that includes ministering to others as the literal Hands and Feet of Jesus. To learn how to effectively minister to others who are in distress – your neighbor, co-worker, sibling, friend, or, in more extreme cases, hurrican Katrina, 9/11, or Haitian survivor, or family member.

However, it is our primary goal to persuade the body of Christ to become the literal Hands and Feet and see themselves as missionaries of Jesus along side us. Oswald Chambers expresses my heart below:
A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of the people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service to God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today is to put the inspiration out in front- to sweep everything together in front of us and make it conform to our definition of success. But in the New Testament the inspiration is put behind us, and is the Lord Jesus Himself. The goal is to be true to Him- to carry out His plans.

Personal attachment to the Lord Jesus and to His perspective is one thing that must not be overlooked. In missionary work the great danger is that God’s call will be replaced by the needs of the people, to the point that human sympathy for those needs will absolutely overwhelm the meaning of being sent by Jesus. The needs are so enormous, and the conditions so difficult, that every power of the mind falters and fails. We tend to forget that the one great reason underneath all missionary work is not primarily the elevation of the people, their education, nor their needs, but is first and foremost the command of Jesus Christ- “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28:19)

When looking back on the lives of men and women of God, the tendency is to say, “What wonderfully keen and intelligent wisdom they had, and how perfectly they understood all that God wanted!” But the keen and intelligent mind behind them was the mind of God, not human wisdom at all. We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the divine guidance of God being exhibited through childlike people who were “foolish” enough to trust God’s wisdom and His supernatural equipment.

So, please come along side us, pray for us, train with us, support us, as we “foolishly” trust God for His wisdom and supernatural strength.

In His Service,

Jamie