He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. (Luke 9:2 NRSV)

If you have ever been healed physically or emotionally, then you know first hand the grace that comes through healing. I just saw my mother a few months ago. She has battle cancer twice. She had a hip socket that had locked up, but, God has healed her.

Healing was central to Jesus' ministry. In Luke 6:18, it says, "They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured." Jesus' ministry was about restoration.

Healing can come in many different forms. I expect that many of us here today wouldn't think of death as healing, but I have ministered to many people who found relief and ultimate healing in death. In death, we will find our complete union with God's grace.

Dear God, heal me and those who suffer in your name. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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