Healing - Ways to Practice - Ideas

Peter said, "I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you;
in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk."
And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately
his feet and ankles were made strong.

— Acts 3:6-7

•   Notice the many ways in which people of faith can fulfill their call to be healers: for example, as medical personnel or chaplains, by supporting organizations that promote wholeness and healing for the environment, by joining recovery programs that address their own need for healing or by making space and support for such programs available to others, by volunteering in hospices, by visiting one another in the hospital, by reclaiming the practice of therapeutic touch, by taking care of family members who have the flu . . .

•   Invite health care professionals in your worshiping community to reflect on how they practice their faith in their daily work of healing.

•   Organize a workshop on relaxation techniques for your group or church.

•   Open your church facility to an exercise group, an addictions recovery group, or a support group for people with chronic illness.

•   Find out if your denominational worship book includes a service of prayer or anointing for the sick (e.g. "Ministration to the Sick" in the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer, 1977). If your own church does not have such a resource, borrow a book from one that does and consider the gestures and prayers of this service.

•   Make an inventory of the places in your community or life where healing takes place (medical facilities, your congregation, your home). Do some of these places offer wholeness more than physical cure?

•   Bring in a meal to someone who is healing from physical or emotional injury, or organize a visitation or meal schedule.

•   Stephen Ministers are lay caregivers who provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.

•   The Park Ridge Center is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that conducts research, clinical consultation, and educational programs on issues of health, faith, and ethics. Founded in 1985, the Center conducted and published a major study of the ways ten world religions treat ten basic themes of human life: well-being, sexuality, life passages/transitions, morality, dignity, madness, healing, caring, suffering, and dying.

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