I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the LORD GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak. Ezekiel 34: 15-16a
I am the wife of a physician. Now retired from his specialty practice of Internal Medicine, he has always had the heart of a healer, and he touched many lives in the course of his career. We still hear from patients today as they come up to him in restaurants, in stores, on the street…thanking him for helping them or someone in their family.
I have worn lots of hats in my life, but I never would have included “healer” among them.
This morning I read from the week’s daily devotions in Forward Day by Day, a ministry of the Episcopal Church. The post was written by Jonathan Erdman, and his words were as inspiring and empowering as any I’ve read in awhile.
First he spoke of the many kinds of healing the world needs. Besides those in need of physical healing, there are, of course, those in need of spiritual healing and mental healing.
But he went on.
The earth needs ecological healing. Our economic systems need healing. Our political systems need healing. Our families need healing.
But then he held up a mirror to his readers.
“We are all called to be healers, whatever our work, whatever our vocation. When we begin to see our work as the work of healing, then the texture of our tasks changes.”
Wham! Right between the eyes!
I am a healer.
Seeing myself that way will change every connection I make today.
In my home.
In my family.
In my church.
In my community.
You are a healer too.
What reserves of strength and wisdom will you call on to perform the healing the world needs from you today?
May God supply every need.