Diocesan Healing Advisory Group (DHAG) Spring
Newsletter - April 2020
The transforming power of Jesus in troubled times
In recent weeks, we have collectively grown closer to understanding the
impact of sickness and suffering in our lives, families and
communities. In addition, we have our own experiences of sickness and
sadness other than the tragedy of the Covid-19 virus. As Christians, we
know with assurance that Jesus brings resurrection despite our despair.
It is natural to experience struggle in our human fragility through terrible
affliction, and it is important to acknowledge our own grief and pain.
When we pray with others, we bring our authentic selves, the strong and
fragile, faithful and lacking sides together, fixing our eyes on Jesus who is
the name above all names. We are used in our humility by Him for the
restoration of health and wholeness. Paradoxically our human weakness
qualifies us to be used as channels for God’s healing. The cost of
coming alongside others can ‘take it out of us’. We therefore have
serious responsibility to look after our health, physically, psychologically
and replenish spiritually.
It is with focus on Jesus’s power that I bring your attention to the story of
the woman who suffered for twelve years with a haemorrhage, exhausted from
all hope of healing. This bleeding caused physical weakness, made her
ritually unclean and her life was emptying away from her. There was no
National Health Service in those days, or blood transfusions. The woman
was wanting a cure and had heard about Jesus the miracle worker.
She crept up behind Jesus but dared not touch him because she believed she
might make Him unclean. However, then she does dare to touch the edge
of his cloak. Jesus instantly knew and said, ‘Someone did touch me; I
know that power has gone out from me.’ Jesus felt her touch and
His healing power flowed into her. He felt power leave him and yet he
also knew well how to resource himself.
For those of us who feel called to love through Jesus’s healing ministry, we
too may feel energy go out of us as we undertake His work. It is
therefore essential to be able to ‘touch Jesus’ cloak’ ourselves and to know
his power will flow into us too, as well as those we pray for. It
is a necessary two-way experience for giver and recipient for ongoing healing
and transformation. In this current world crisis, we are learning that
we are all equal, learning about our transgressions and finding ways of
helping each other. Isn’t it unifying that, even though socially
distanced, we seem so connected and we all earnestly and desperately seek
healing and restoration? As Christians who seek God’s power to ‘put us
right’, ‘touching His cloak’, will aid us to walk with someone else towards
their fullness of health. However, in our willingness to
surrender, in the power of His resurrection we offer ourselves in meekness to
his mercy and healing.