Tag: healing

Light of the World

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Father, without You we are in complete and utter darkness.

Our world is dark.  This time of year the nights are longer so there is more physical darkness to the day.  Without artificial light we would not be able to see to get around in the dark.

There is also a kind of emotional darkness that comes from worry, stress, anxiety and fear.  These can be due to a lack of direction or encouragement.  Or a lack of truth in relationships.  Or from hardships, difficulties and tragedies we endure.

And there is also a spiritual darkness that seems to pervade our world.   At times it appears that evil is prospering.  And it has an upper hand so many places where there is persecution, hatred, and violence.

Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for being the Light of the World.  You are Light in our lives in so many different ways.

Three in particular come to mind.

Soft light.

background-boy-christmas-713148 (1).jpgYou can be the soft light that allows us to feel relaxed, comfortable and safe; like the light from a campfire, or Christmas lights, or early morning just before the sun rises.

That kind of warmth or glow is gentle.  And You can be gentle with us.  You can wrap us in a radiance that calms us and brings a sense of peace no matter the circumstances.

In allowing You to envelope us in a blanket of soft light there is a sense of security.

Bright light.

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Daylight allows us to see things as they are.  We can see traps, holes, dangers.  We can navigate safely.  We can perceive more clearly.  And the bright light that You provide also lets us see the truth in ourselves and our relationships.  It allows us to see the reality of our true identity and our circumstances.

Your bright light provides us with direction and clarity.  And that brings confidence.

 

Laser light.

laser-858309_640Light can be so strong that it burns.  Lasers can be weapons of destruction.  Or they can be so focused that they can be treatments for cutting out dead or diseased tissue.

As such, Your laser light can seek out and target our worries, fears, bitterness.  And can be a healing light burning out cancer and disease.

I praise You that You are Light.  That there is no darkness in You.

And that by Your light I can walk and live and prosper as my soul is prospering in the salvation You brought to the world.  Amen

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Are you frozen?

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My shoulder is frozen.

For the third time.

And it’s not even cold outside!

The muscles have frozen the joint in place so that it requires rehabilitation for months before I can even do a simple thing like reach to the side. It is maddening, because I know that my arm was created to work with a range of motions, flexibility, and strength. And it used to accomplish those things painlessly all the time. Now, it simply won’t.

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It is so frustrating when you have to do Physical Therapy for a part of your body that no longer functions the way you know it should. Even the simplest tasks become a challenge.

 

Part of me is angry for taking for granted all the times I moved and my body performed effortlessly, without giving a thought of appreciation for this gift.

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Part of me is frustrated that my body operates so slowly now, and movement is accompanied by pain. I get so discouraged and impatient with it because it won’t do the things I know it should.

 

And it makes me wonder how God must feel when we don’t do the things He knows we can do. He has prepared work for us here on earth. And He has given each of us the necessary gifts, talents, experiences, training, and personality to join Him in this work. And yet, we hold back.

We don’t do it. Many times, we’re simply afraid that we can’t. Frozen. But God knows we can because it’s what He created us for!

As frustrated as I am with my shoulder, how much more frustrated is God with me? And yet, He is not a person with the shortcomings and limitations of a man. He is so much more patient than I am. And He is so much more powerful than I am. And He is able to provide the healing that overcomes freezing!

What has God prepared you to do? How can you see Him at work in your life? What gifts, talents, experiences and training can you use for His purpose?  Don’t be afraid. Let God work His Physical Therapy through you and show you what can be accomplished!

 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen me.  Show me how to use what You’ve given me to accomplish all You have for me.  Empower me to overcome whatever fear has frozen me.

Heal me!

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