Healing Through Community

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My own healing comes mainly through prayer and the Word of God. But I will be wrong to stop here or imagine myself strong against all odds. That just isn’t true. I see the hand of God best when he uses people to help me heal. I think my experience is not unique. Let me point out briefly the different ways Abba Father heals me through community.

When I am most disillusioned by people, and when I am dealt the most faithless betrayals, God sends people to stand with me and to bless me. He may send help from people I expect will be there for me; but I also marvel at how he sends people I do not expect – as though Abba Father is reminding me, “Child, I have resources you don’t know and never imagined.”

When I am betrayed, God restores hope in me through community. Abba Father does it through people, so the betrayal will not lead to cynicism or bitterness. He is telling me, “There are good people, don’t become bitter over the faithless ones.”

Almighty Father speaks the word to me through another person. Yes, it may be something I already know. But the same truth I know is different when it comes from the mouth of another. It is not me looking for comfort, it is the Word of God someone ministers to me. And what joy it is when I receive it humbly and personally as from my loving Father.

Some think they do nothing when they sit with me through the moments of despair. But your presence, your commiserating with me, is comfort that I have a friend through the community of faith.

When I am weak and I see the strength you have, it makes me strong. Some bear pain well. Some have unwavering constancy. Some will hope when I dare not. Some will forgive when I cannot imagine how. Some will speak softly when fury would be just. Some show discipline I can only admire from afar. Some will simply not give up. Some give and give and put me to shame. Some serve humbly because their reward is with our Father.

Community humbles me, strengthens me, and heals me. Thank you Father for community.

Pastor Peter Eng

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