Healing is Making Whole

I have worked many years working in the health industry. And I have noticed a difference in the art and science of medicine between Western medicine and Oriental medicine. Western medicine has focused on the science part, on symptoms and organ systems. Oriental medicine has focused on the art of healing and on maintaining and restoring balance to the body. In both instances, healing is not only the relief of pain and symptoms but making the person whole again.

Healing was one of the things that Jesus did during his ministry. People came to hear his words and receive his consolation. And they also came in droves to get healed of their many infirmities. He healed not only their bodily ailments and also the maladies of their spirits. In his stories and parable, he taught the the people what it was like to be a person fully alive, what it meant to be a whole person. A whole person is a holy person. And holiness is haleness, that is health.

I ask the Lord to heal my body, as well as my spirit: to heal my body of its pains and weakness and to free my spirit of its anxieties and its sorrows. I will make my won the prayer of the leper, imploring Jesus: “Lord, if you will, you can make me whole.”

And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed. Mark 6:53-56

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